It seems just when I have a good idea of how to leave a smaller footprint on this Earth, there is always more to learn! I am going to be trying to be less wasteful this next year, but we might as well start with Christmas. There is so much waste during this time of year. I hope you find this green holiday guide helpful.
A Green Holiday Guide:
Christmas Trees – Real or Fake?
There are cons and pros to both. Here are some tips for both.
For real trees try to buy one that was grown locally. If you have a garden you can buy one that is still in a pot with the roots and it can be planted into your garden and you may be able to use it again next year. If you can’t replant your Christmas tree, your local recycling facility may be able to take it. Just give them a call and ask.
For fake trees, it’s best to store it properly so that you will be able to use it for many years. These can typically last a good 10 years. You may be able to find replacement parts also. Just look in the manual that comes with the tree or do a quick search on the internet.
Don’t Buy New Decorations
- Use last year’s decorations. There’s nothing wrong with using the same decorations you used last year. I had the same decorations for more than ten years before having to buy some new ones to replace ones that were broken.
- Another idea is to make new decorations! Check out 16 Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Leftover Soup
Throw the leftovers in a pot add gravy, turkey, ham, casseroles, some water, and spices. If you happen to have bone, beef or chicken broth on hand that would go great too. Now, you have a great new soup for dinner! It sounds a little crazy but just try it. My in-laws do this and it turns out great!
Used Toys, Books, Clothes and More
- Give a fun trip to the movies, or the theater. Or something else that they are looking forward to instead of buying a normal type of gift.
- Shop at thrift stores, or other places you might find used toys, books, clothes. New toys mean making more plastic, a great idea is to use the plastic that has already been made.
- Do a toy swap with a friend! Friend’s toys are always better anyway right?
- We could also do a clothes swap too! We all love to get new clothes. I don’t mind if they are used. I love the new to me stuff!
- Use string or a ribbon to wrap presents instead of tape.
- Reuse wrapping paper by cutting into squares and let the kids draw on the back.
- Flatten, fold, and save for a time when you are packing up breakables.
- You may be able to recycle it, check with your local recycling facility.
Plant a tree or a few trees!
- It’s a great idea to plant a tree this holiday. A lot of trees are cut down for decorating, and the tree farmers will grow more but it is a good idea to plant a new one yourself! Or you can simply make a Tree GIF and Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree for you! That’s right you don’t even have to get your hands dirty!
Planting a tree has never been easier with GIFtATree. All you have to do is make a GIF and share it! It is fun, easy to do and it takes only a couple of minutes! Green is Universal has teamed up with The Arbor Day Foundation since 2009, to spread the word about planting trees during the holidays.
This is going on all month long, make as many GIFs as you want and be sure to share with your friends! You can also use the hashtag #GIFtATree to help spread the word!
Why plant trees anyway?
Check out the tree facts over at the Arbor Day Foundation! You can learn why it is important to have trees along the roadside!
Did you help plant trees this December?
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