2. Christmas lights
Solar LED lights are the most energy efficient lighting options. Convert those older light strings to save money this holiday season.
3. Wrapping paper
Instead of wasting loads of money on wrapping paper, save your children’s artwork throughout the year and wrap your presents in them. The kids will love seeing their masterpieces being handed around the family. Also, consider using gift wrapping paper from recycled materials.
4. Shop online
Rather than driving around shopping centers and mall car parking lots for hours wasting gas and time, then having to plow your way through the hordes of people in the shops, consider shopping online.
Reuse or recycle gift packing materials, Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled.
6. Use eco friendly wrapping paper
Choose wrapping paper made using fibers such as hemp or paper using recycled content.
7. Make a list
Make your list and check it twice… Make sure you make a list of all the people you would like to give gifts to, this will reduce the amount of spontaneous purchases. You will also have the time to research online for the cheapest and best options or purchase.
8. Durable decorations
When purchasing decorations, buy good quality or make them yourself from reusable or recycled products. Good quality decorations may cost more up front, but they won’t need to be replaced as often
7. Christmas tree choices
Whilst artificial Christmas Trees last longer, the plastic used to make them can be quite toxic to our environment. Consider purchasing a real Christmas Tree or better yet substitute with an native tree. You can keep it in a pot through the holiday season than plant it in your backyard at the end of December.
8. Green gifts
Consider only purchasing eco friendly gifts. These gifts will tend to be unique will lighten your footprint this holiday season. The products available are often made from recycled goods or are made only of sustainable products and consist of eco friendly packaging.
9. DIY cards and gifts
Make your own cards and presents – these gifts are more likely to be treasured, extending their life cycle. You can also reuse last year’s cards by using them to make gift labels for this year.
Instead of sending traditional Christmas Cards to family and friends, which cost both money and resources, reduce your carbon footprint by sending an e-card with a personal message.