Choose the right kind of tree
Christmas trees are one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season. If they only last a couple of years, fake trees really do not do anything to help the environment. A real tree can be mulched after the holidays, which will ultimately use less energy than what was used to create a fake tree. The best option, however, is likely a potted tree, which can be used for more than one year and then planted after it has been used in your home as much as possible.
Use Natural Decorations
Fall and winter are some of the most naturally beautiful seasons. Colored leaves, pine cones, pumpkins, apples, pears, artichoke, and acorns are just a few options for natural decor. Instead of buying new decorations, combine a few of these items inside a clear vase for table decor that is instantly festive and colorful and smells seasonal.
Give a Meaningful GiftBuying gifts? Choose what’s sustainable, useful, and conscious, steering clear of random or use-and-throw varieties. Experiences, donations, subscriptions to e-books or music downloads, homemade foods, handmade items, donations, and personal time make practical gifts without waste.
Recycle And Wrap
As far as possible, avoid fancy wrapping paper. Remember “sustainability” is what you are seeking, so get creative and make your own wrapping from brown paper (repurposed from grocery bags), tea towels, cloth, old maps, storybook paper, sheet music, or coffee/tea-stained paper (for a vintage look and feel). Then tie them up tastefully with natural string bows or twine.
Buy From Local Farmers, Shops & Bakeries
When you go for a grocery haul before you whip up all those Christmas dishes, make sure you buy ingredients that are locally sourced to avoid air-flown emissions. If you’re thinking to purchase some cake, support a local business – there are loads of vegan-friendly bakeries around town.
Use compostable dinnerware
Doing the dishes instead of spending time with friends and family isn't exactly in the spirit of the holiday season. But throw away dinnerware such as plastic plates and cups adds a lot of unnecessary waste to the holidays. Luckily, eco-friendly partyware from Eco Party Warehouse presents a zero-waste solution. Eco Party Warehouse's compostable tableware and flatware offer a holiday-worthy, eco-friendly solution made of fast-growing and renewable palm leaf, sugarcane bagasse, and birch wood, meaning this eco-friendly partyware will completely biodegrade in 4-6 months.
Avoid Food Waste
Loads of leftovers? All these extras should never go straight in the bin. Encourage guests to take home servings of food and drinks, or share with your neighbors and colleagues at work! Still more leftovers? Take them to a food bank.