Making green choices isn’t about giving up on things that you love because they are harmful for the environment. It is about figuring out a balance, and making smart choices in the little things as well as the big things. Decorating for Christmas is no different. Many people have traditions built around decorating a Christmas tree, and they would not dream of giving up those traditions. The challenge arises when so many Christmas decorations perpetuate the waste and manufacturing processes that green ideals are struggling to overcome.
Fortunately, as more people are embracing eco friendly as a way of life instead of just a choice to make here or there, there are becoming more choices available. Even in eco friendly Christmas ornaments.
The following companies offer quality choices of eco friendly Christmas ornaments. Some of these companies offer ornaments made from recycled or reclaimed materials, or they are Fair Trade goods. They are frequently made by local artisans, and some can even claim audit and inspections that prove their ongoing commitment to the environment.
Original Good provides a nice selection of Fair Trade Products, including many options for eco-friendly Christmas ornaments. At their website, type “ornament” into the search box. From Indonesian clove ornaments made by hand-tying cloves into various shapes such as a star or angle (~$10 ea), to hand knitted animal ornaments from Peru (~$12 ea). Original Good helps fulfill part of the mission of World of Good, Inc to connect people and companies who have a common interest and goal of making choices that have positive impacts on our environment.
Turning Life also has a great collection, from high to low pricing, and also in different styles. They have some wonderful gazing balls from recycled crystal glass ($58 ea). And they also have some unique animal ornaments such as the Hand Made Eco-Friendly Sitting Fox Ornament ($8). Turning Life is a certified partner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership.
Annieglass is an artisan that makes high-end recycled glass decoratives, including ornaments. There is not a huge selection, but the design is very classic and different from many ornaments found in the green category. For the last 26 years, Annieglass has been using glass gathered from around the manufacturing facility.
Great Green Goods
Great Green Goods is not a retailer itself, but it is a green shopping blog that has many ideas about where to find items that help you live lighter on the earth or are made from recycled/sustainable materials. There is a blog post that specifically features a variety of Christmas ornaments from different companies. Each ornament listed is created from recycled goods. For example, there are ornaments from recycled oxygen containers from Mount Everest ($13 ea), Santa Claus ornaments from recycled Dr. Pepper cans ($6 for 3), and tin angels made from reclaimed tin.
Eco-Artware.com has been featured in several places including Time and Good Housekeeping. They are committed to green products, and provide local artists a way to design and showcase environmentally friendly designs, including Christmas ornaments. Eco-Artware’s online catalog includes a section just for ornaments, and they are as unique as you would expect. Right now they are featuring unique and eco-friendly ornaments such as Record label Holiday Ornaments ($18 for 3), Painted Tea Bag Ornaments ($18 ea), and Snowflake Ornaments made from recycled window panes ($10 ea).