Lights, tinsel, trees, wrapping paper, bows, and so much more stuff gathers around us during the holiday season. How do you enjoy all the pageantry of the season while leaving a small climate change footprint?  Here are a few holiday climate change and sustainability tips.

Use LED lights and only turn them on when you’re home.

  •  LED lights consume 80% less energy than traditional holiday lights and still give off the same warm, glowy vibes. And bonus–they last 25 times longer!
  • Check with your local hardware store or large home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s to recycle old holiday lights.
  • Check with your local library…maybe they recycle lights too!

Recycle your fresh Christmas tree

  • Most trees that aren’t recycled end up in landfills, but many cities have programs to help recycle your tree.
  • See what programs are available near you and help turn your tree into things like mulch or wood chips, all of which benefit your community.

Eco-Friendly Décor

  • Things like tinsel or store-bought garland take years to decompose, meaning more waste sitting in our landfills.
  • Embrace your inner DIY expert and create your own garland out of popcorn and dried fruit. Or, design your own gingerbread ornaments.

Wrapping paper

  • Most holiday wrapping paper can’t be recycled because it’s textured, contains glitter, or is metallic.
  • Instead of using commercial wrapping paper, try the Japanese art of Furoshiki and wrap your gifts in beautiful, reusable cloth packaging

Still want to wrap gifts in paper?

  • Look for paper that’s recyclable
  • Or channel your inner DIY and use fun household items like old cards, newspapers, magazines, or posters!