The Grinch may not have had the holiday spirit, but he at least got one thing right, his green complexion. It turns out there are dozens of simple ways to “green-up” your holiday season. And there’s no better way to celebrate the New Year then by helping to ensure we have many more beautiful New Years to come.
Let’s start with something everybody loves – presents! Gifts can vary in how green they are. To cut down on fossil fuels and green house gases try buying locally made gifts. Not only are these locally produced gifts far more unique then the mass produced items that have travelled from around the world, but they also support local artisans who will put the money back into the local economy.
Another tip – try to avoid battery operated gifts. Batteries are one of the largest sources of solid toxic waste.
If you really want to cut down on material waste, you can exchange services as presents such as offering to plant a garden or babysit your friends’ children. Coupons for hugs and kisses will always work too! Last but not least, while giving presents, be conscientious about how you wrap them. Paper makes up 40% of America’s landfills. To minimize this waste, give reusable gift bags, use recyclable wrapping paper or even get creative and use paper products from around the house, like the newspaper.
After the gifts are opened on Christmas day, why not take a walk with your family? This provides quality family time, some nice exercise, a better appreciation for the beautiful outdoors and you may even get to say hello to your neighbors. All these actions help take care of the earth and the people that call it home. What better way to promote good will toward men?
Got some great tips we didn’t cover? Leave us a comment and let us know!
The Green Team