Making Your Christmas More Sustainable This Year
You can do the environment and local animals a little favor if you make your Christmas more sustainable this year.
Don’t know how?
Here are some expert tips to get you started.
Don’t Throw Away Your Stuff
Christmas is a time when most people receive gifts. When you get something new, you might be tempted to throw away your old stuff.
Almost everything can be reused, recycled, or upcycled.
You can donate unwanted things to local charities. Further, consider using a local and respected local company like Northern Mini Storage self storage units for your older things.
Perhaps one day, you can reuse them in a DIY project or hold on to them for value appreciation.
Consider the Materials of Gifts You Buy
The toys, games, and even food we buy during the holidays are made with materials that are bad for us.
So, look at what the gifts are made of and think about how they can last.
Make sure that any gifts made of wood or paper are made from recycled materials. Try to stay away from single-use plastics as much as possible.
To do this, you can look for things like food and clothes that have been certified as organic. Preowned gifts reduce the need for new stuff.
Make Your Christmas More Sustainable with a Tree Rental
You wouldn’t believe it, but you can rent a Christmas tree if you want to do the greenest thing. Real Christmas trees are much better for the environment than fake ones.
You can get genuine Christmas trees as Douglas Firs brought right to your door.
During the holiday season, you decorate and take care of the tree. When you’re done with it, the rental company will pick it up, get rid of it in a responsible way, and plant another tree in its place for next Christmas.
Try Your Best to Reduce Food Waste
A lot of people all over the world waste food every day. But Christmas is by far the worst time of year for this.
For example, in the UK, which is a small country, more than 7 million tonnes of food are thrown away every year.
You can help cut down on food waste this Christmas by taking a few simple steps. Plan how much food you need to help reduce buying too much.
If you do buy too much, give it to a local food bank in your area that will definitely appreciate it.
Switch Your Choice of Wrapping Paper
Wrapping paper is a must-have for Christmas. Most paper can be used in a way that is good for the environment, but there are some things you need to know.
First, try not to use shiny wrapping paper since it can’t be recycled.
Instead, use brown paper and add color with paper labels, ribbons, and tags that are dyed in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment.
When used right, brown wrapping paper is a great neutral color. It looks very natural and sophisticated.
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You can help the environment if you make your Christmas more sustainable this year. Try not to buy plastic products, rent a Christmas tree and consider your choice of wrapping paper.
Do you have ways to make Christmas more sustainable?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.