Climate Action

8 tips to green your holiday

This has truly been a year like no other. And this holiday season is no less challenging.

While gathering in-person with friends or family is difficult this year, maintaining traditions can bring us closer together. Incorporating environmental practices into your holidays can be a unique, fun way to celebrate.

Here are eight tips to enjoy these holiday traditions — with an environmentally-friendly twist.

  1. Put less packaging on your gifts. Reuse wrapping paper; use old newspaper, magazines or whatever you have lying around. Reuse cardboard boxes and packing peanuts. Buy recycled or tree-free cards made from materials like hemp or send e-cards! Don’t forget to shop at green companies.
  2. “Regifting” is not a crime! Pass along hand-me-downs and heirlooms. These are also called “story gifts” because they have a story behind them.
  3. Recycle your Christmas tree when you can no longer use it. Put it outside to provide shelter for local wildlife or compost it!
  4. Use reusable utensils, plates, napkins and table cloths for your meals. Compost leftover food.
  5. Volunteer your time to communities and organizations that are most in need. Donate unwanted gifts.
  6. Give gifts from the heart instead of the store! Offer to help with chores or other tasks. These can be more valuable than consumer products.
  7. Use plant-based ingredients for your holiday meals. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also taste good too! Check out some recipes for inspiration.
  8. Create DIY décor — make the room festive with berries, popcorn and outdoor greens.

Let’s be mindful of our environmental impact while making the most of the season. Join the Earth Day movement to take action even after the holidays are over.