Planning for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. You can “go green” and have fun doing it! Here are some tips to help you be environmentally friendly during the holidays:
- Celebrate at home instead of traveling. This will reduce your carbon footprint because you will utilize less fuel. If you have to travel, consider driving instead of flying, carpooling with other family members, and using the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
- If your holidays are during the winter months, plan ahead by picking out local or organic fruits and vegetables and freezing or canning them for use at your holiday meal. Buy your meat or dairy products locally if possible. This not only supports a local business, but it also decreases your carbon footprint because your food is not being transported from a distant location. So next time you drive by a local butcher shop, take a look inside!
- At the dinner table, avoid serving with disposable serving items like Styrofoam or paper. When it comes to napkins, use cloth. Not only will it look nicer, it will decrease what you put in the landfill.
- Make your own decorations from materials around the house. Not only will this save you money but the decorations will be unique and more meaningful.
- Think before you throw away containers or packaging that your holiday items came in. Can you reuse them for something or possibly even recycle them? This also helps decrease what you send to the landfill.
- Invite neighbors or friends over for the holidays. Not only would this reduce carbon footprints but it will bring you closer to those you care about.
Consider these ideas for other celebrations too. Next time you start planning for a celebration or event, think green.
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