Want to spoil your loved ones this Christmas without spoiling the environment? Contrary to popular belief, celebrating a green Christmas isn’t about going without.
In fact, being more eco-conscious this holiday season can help make the environment (as well as your bank account) a little bit more green. Check out some of our favourite Green Christmas tips:
⋆ Shop smart
Santa Claus shouldn’t be the only one making a list and checking it twice. Before you join the mad rush at the shopping mall, make note of all the gifts you want to buy and the groceries you’ll need for your Christmas party.
By planning your shopping trip(s) well, you’ll get a chance to shop around for better deals and save yourself time, effort and money. Oh, and if you want to make an effort to get green gifts, make sure you check out our favourite eco-friendly gift ideas!
⋆ Get crafty
With Christmas, there’s no such thing as last season. So, don’t be afraid about using last year’s holiday items — old greeting cards, gently-used wrapping paper, ribbons and bows included — to jazz up this year’s festivities.
Instead of simply throwing them away, take this trash and turn it into treasure. It can also double as a bonding activity with your kids or loved ones. The end result is that warm, fuzzy holiday mood and a bunch of brand new yet eco-friendly decorations — think of all the wreaths, paper snowflakes and Christmas tree decorations you can rustle up!
⋆ Think reusable, not disposable
When you’re throwing a holiday party, the last thing you want to think about is the clean up that happens after the party. This is why people normally opt for disposable napkins, placemats, tableware and tablecloths.
Sure, they can be oh-so-convenient, but they’re a crime against Mother Nature! Instead, opt for reusable holiday-themed items — everything between dishes, glassware and cloth napkins. As you’ll end up using them every year, they’re definitely worth the initial investment.
⋆ Light-en up the mood
Part of the magic of Christmas are the twinkling lights and elaborate light displays, but this consumes an alarming amount of electricity. The solution? Lighten your carbon footprint (see what we did there?) by using light-emitting diodes or LED lights, which are durable and use up to 90% less electricity than conventional holiday lights.
Also, remember to turn them off during the day (or better yet, install automatic timers for all your lights) — having your holiday lights ablaze while the sun’s out doesn’t make any visual impact.
⋆ Cook up a storm
They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomachs. And hey, anyone who has had a delicious Christmas meal will agree! But, all that cooking (if unplanned) can really put a strain on the environment. So, what you can do to be more eco-conscious this holiday season is to cook as efficiently as possible. For instance, try to cook large batches of food at once that can be frozen and reheated in a pinch. Opt for more energy-efficient kitchen appliances like a crock pot instead of an electric oven if you can. As far as possible,
For instance, try to cook large batches of food at once that can be frozen and reheated in a pinch. Opt for more energy-efficient kitchen appliances like a crock pot instead of an electric oven if you can. As far as possible, buy local and organic produce. Also, to reduce your overall food waste, don’t forget to store your leftovers, donate excess food to your local food banks and organisations which feed the homeless.