Going Green For The Holidays

Around this time of the year, the thought of giving back and making a difference is at the forefront of our minds and highlighted in the message of Christmas. When you are considering how you make a difference this holiday season, think about how you can give back to the Earth and all who inhabit it to make a lasting difference for our environment! During the holidays, we tend to accumulate a large amount of waste and energy. Here are just a few changes that you can make this season that will benefit your family and reduce your environmental footprint….

There are so many green ways to wrap gifts during the holidays. Using tons of wrapping paper is a total waste of paper and can really take up a lot of time. One suggestion would be to wrap the gift in a blanket or a scarf. They would then receive two gifts in one
 and would help one to stay warm during the winter. Any chance to decrease the energy bill would be very helpful. Also, certain companies have been using reusable gift bags.

Patagonia takes leftover fabric from their clothing and turns them into bags where you are able to give to someone.

Tree Removal
When it comes to your Christmas tree in January, removing it from your home should be stress free. Instead of just throwing it out, there are multiple ways to get the most out of it. First, take it to your designated local communal drop off. This is where the trees can be shredded and turned into chippings for local parks or woodland areas. Also, taking the pine needles off and creating a potpourri helps to bring natural scents into the home. It helps to detoxify the air without using  harmful chemicals. Combining pine
 needles, lemon, orange rind, and whole cloves will help to keep your home smelling fantastic!

Lastly, there are effective ways to light up your house for Christmas while eliminating high energy costs.

Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost you about $18.00 while the same number of LED lights costs only $0.19. When LED lights first came out, they had a cool bluish hue to them, but over time they have been able to transform into a wide variety of colors. Pottery Barn has a wide variety of LED Christmas lights where these mini LED string lights really stand out. Keep in my mind, leaving your lights on during bedtime is a total waste of energy after everyone has gone to sleep. 

If you are inspired by these eco-friendly holiday tips, take a peek at this graphic from Arhaus on small ways that you can go green all year round! Arhaus practices sustainability in making their dining room pieces from recycled and refurbished wood, and is giving back this season by planting a tree to for every purchase made during their store wide sale.

We even added a tip from Sandra to the info-graphic below.

Thank you again to Arhaus, a passionate company that provides unique, high quality, and well designed home furnishings, for putting together such an inspiring and eco-friendly post.

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