December 9, 2022
12 Days of Sustainable Christmas!
The 12 days of Christmas are a traditional time of celebration, gift-giving, and spending time with loved ones. But as we all know, the holiday season can also be a time of excess and waste. This year, why not make an effort to celebrate in a more sustainable way? Here are 12 ideas for a sustainable Christmas:
1. Use LED lights. Traditional Christmas lights can use a lot of energy, but LED lights are much more efficient. They use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lights and can last up to 25 times longer.
2. Use reusable wrapping paper. Wrapping paper is often used just once and then thrown away, creating a lot of unnecessary waste. Instead, use reusable fabric gift bags or wrap gifts in newspaper or brown paper.
3. Shop locally. Supporting local businesses not only helps the economy, but it also reduces the carbon footprint of your gift-giving. Local products don't have to be shipped as far, so they have a lower environmental impact.
4. Give experiences instead of gifts. Instead of buying material gifts, consider giving the gift of an experience, such as tickets to a concert or a cooking class. These types of gifts create memories rather than more stuff, and they can be just as meaningful.
5. Use a real Christmas tree. Artificial Christmas trees are convenient, but they are made from plastic, which is not biodegradable. Real Christmas trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource and can be recycled after the holidays.
6. Choose sustainable decorations. Many holiday decorations, such as tinsel and garlands, are made from plastic and can end up in the landfill. Instead, opt for decorations made from natural materials, such as pinecones, berries, and popcorn strings.
7. Compost your Christmas tree. After the holidays, don't throw your real Christmas tree in the trash. Instead, take it to a local composting facility, where it will be turned into nutrient-rich compost for gardens and farms.
8. Donate to a charity. The holidays are a time for giving, and there are many charities that could use your support. Consider donating to a local food bank, animal shelter, or environmental organisation.
9. Reduce your energy use. The holiday season can be a time of increased energy use, but there are simple ways to reduce your energy consumption. Turn off lights when you leave a room, unplug holiday decorations when they're not in use, and use energy-efficient appliances.
10. Avoid single-use plastics. Single-use plastics, such as plastic cutlery and straws, are a major contributor to pollution. Avoid using these items, and opt for reusable alternatives instead.
11. Plan your meals. The holiday season is a time for feasting, but food waste is a big problem. Plan your meals carefully, and only buy what you need. If you do end up with leftovers, make sure to store them properly and use them up in the days following the holiday.
12. Enjoy the outdoors. The holiday season is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Go for a walk, go to the beach, or play a sport! Being outside can help reduce stress and improve mental health, and it's a great way to celebrate the season in a sustainable way.
By following these 12 sustainable tips, you can have a wonderful and environmentally-friendly Christmas. You'll be able to enjoy the holiday season without contributing to waste and pollution, and you'll be able to start the new year with a clean conscience. Happy holidays!