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.
- 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.
- 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!