Christmas is right around the corner. It’s a busy time and often stressful time for many people. The meaning behind all the shopping, gift exchanges, travels and meals is wonderful, but did you ever stop to think about the impact that it has on our environment?
Between Thanksgiving and New Years household waste increases by more than 25%! That waste is coming from food, shopping bags (non- reusable), wrapping paper/gift bags, and all of the accessories that come with gift wrapping (such as bows and ribbons). I never realized just how much waste the holiday season can create. Here are a few simple ideas on what you can do to reduce the waste this Christmas.
- While shopping be sure to use reusable shopping bags.
- Use less food. Everyone loves good leftovers the following day, but try and not be excessive because what you don’t eat will eventually spoil and be wasted.
- Reuse tissue paper and gift bags. I save all gift bags and tissue paper I get and reuse them.. Once you start saving the bags you build up a good collection so there are always bags for any occasion on hand.
- Use green wrapping paper. If you are not a fan of gift bags there are always other green options with wrapping paper such as recycled wrapping paper, using fabric, or using part of the gift (like a scarf) to wrap. Take your pick!
- Car pool. If you are traveling and there is a way, try car pooling to reduce the amount of cars on the road. Not only will this help the environment it will also help with the holiday traffic!
Hope these simple tips will help you be more green this Christmas!
About the Author
Deanna Layman is a stay at home mom, blogger and passionate about “going green.” After the birth of her son she realized just how much we are exposed to chemicals. She decided to begin her journey of going green. She is passionate about it and love to share all the new adventures she is experiencing. She also started a site for moms, Raisinginspiration.com, a place for moms to go and be encouraged, inspired and to create community.
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