In this Holiday season, take care of our earth by going green. Here’s top 6 most effective ways
to have an eco-friendly Christmas.
Christmas is a festival of extravagant decorations, striking gifts, and food galore. However, this “most wonderful time of the year” takes a toll on the environment. Although, with a little bit of ingenuity and imagination, you can successfully reduce the impact of the holiday season.
Here are 6 most effective ways to have a green and eco-friendly Christmas :
1.Rent a Live Tree
Artificial trees are made of PVC and steel, which require more energy to produce, and ultimately they sit in a landfill. Therefore, a more sustainable option is to rent a live tree. A real Christmas tree, while growing, supports life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. Moreover, there’s absolutely zero tree waste as at the end of the holiday season, the trees are replanted in order to provide habitats for wildlife. In addition to that, you’ll also be supporting a local business.
2. Switch to LED Lights
LED lights are considered as a more eco-friendly alternative as they use upto 80% less energy compared to the traditional incandescent lights, and they also have a longer lifespan too. Thus, when choosing your Christmas decorations, always opt for LED lights.
3. Christmas Gifts
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the long list of gifts, always remember that less is more. Avoid buying too many gifts that will end up being unused. Instead, opt for a single gift with value and purpose. And remember to shop locally and try to support independent businesses. However, you can always make handmade gifts. It will show the person that you care and on top of that you’ll also save some money.
4. Gift Wrapping using Fabric
One of the most sustainable ways to wrap a present is by using fabrics. Colourful fabric squares can be a great alternative to store bought wrapping papers, as you can use this over and over again. Although, if you’re not a fan of fabric wrapping, you can opt for recyclable wrapping paper; that doesn’t harm the environment.
5. Send E-Invitation Cards
E-Invites are a great way to reduce paper waste. With traditional invitations, most of the time they’re made of non-biodegradable material, which leads to environmental waste. Thus, opting for e-invites can be the best eco-friendly alternative. There are numerous websites that let you send e-invites, and if you want to get a bit more creative, design your own invitation card using Canva.
6. Cut Food Waste
– Mohor Bhattacharjee