Make this holiday season less wasteful with these 5 tips
It’s no surprise that the holiday season generates more trash than any other time of year. Stanford University and www.use-less-stuff.com report that 25% more waste is generated in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other period throughout the year (that adds up to about 25 million tons of garbage!). It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of buying and wrapping, but if you’re trying to be conscious of your footprint and more considerate of the planet, there are some things you can do to make a difference.
Find used decorations This holiday season, we found vintage Polish Christmas ornaments to decorate our tree. It’s nice to give these beautiful ornaments a second life, which are far more interesting than any cheap plastic ornaments we would have purchased elsewhere. We were also gifted unused holiday decorations from Hunter’s parents. Bringing in family pieces adds to the holiday cheer!
Get creative with gift wrapping Instead of buying expensive wrapping paper this year, we decided to cover our gifts with magazines and other cute paper we found around the house. Our collaged presents looked great and saved a few trees!
Put lights on a timer or turn off at night Between our Christmas tree, twinkling lights, and our Christmas village, we were using quite of bit of electricity. While the glow of the lights at night is lovely, be sure to turn them off or set a timer to save on energy (and next month’s bill).
Give second hand, vintage, antique, or handmade gifts Vintage or handmade gifts are especially great for the “person who has everything” in your life. This year, Hunter made handmade ornaments for her coworkers, which were a big hit and eco-conscious!
Research the brands & companies before you buy Voting with your dollar is important all year, as well as during the holidays. It’s important to do your research and make sure you know where your money is going and how your gifts were produced. This year we gifted each other a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket, Brilliant Earth jewelry, an Opinel stainless steel pocket knife, and a United by Blue candles.
-Kat & Hunter