6 Tips for a Green Christmas

| 10/31/2017 12:00:00 AM

Tags: holidays, environmentally friendly, eco living, green products, Jennifer Tuohy,

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Have a green Christmas this holiday season with decorations and celebrations designed to reduce waste while still conveying the spirit of the season.

Skip the Wrapping Paper

Don’t wrap gifts in single-use paper — it’s one of the largest contributors to waste during the holidays. Turn old maps, magazines, and book pages into creative gift wrap. Make reusable wrapping bags out of fabric in a few different sizes or purchase sturdy gift bags that can be used several times before recycling. For gifts that need traditional wrapping paper, opt for gift wrap made with recycled content.

Save Gift Wrap Accessories

On Christmas morning when the kids are opening gifts, grab all the ribbons, bows, bags, boxes, and other reusable accessories as they fly past and stash them away to reuse next year. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and I haven’t had to buy new ribbons or bows for four years.

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Recycle Your Christmas Cards

While sending electronic cards will save plenty of forests, you can’t control what people send you. Instead of throwing the cards in the recycle bin when the season is over, cut them into gift tags to use next year.

11/17/2017 11:37:31 AM

I love saving all the wraps, ribbons and bows! We laugh every year when we see gift bags or ribbons from when my girls were young (they are 25 and 27!) . Even though they are a bit banged up, we look at them fondly and race to have first dibs on the most cherished ones.

11/17/2017 11:35:56 AM

Since we live in a forest the foresters call SSCT (Self Seeding Christmas Trees, mostly White Pine and Balsam Fir, we always cut a tree that would need to be thinned anyway. As for composting your tree, don't forget that you can add it to your hugelKultur beds, or you can put it outside in your yard and hang bird food on it. The songbirds will thank you and you get to enjoy their songs.

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