This Christmas you can do something great for the planet by going green with your Christmas this year. By following the ten tips below you will be one step closer to helping the Earth while celebrating one of many people’s favorite holidays.
One of the most important tips to stay green this year is to put up or buy a plastic tree. Many people choose to cut a tree down every year to use in their homes. Can you imagine how many trees would be cut down if everyone just cut down one tree every Christmas! My advice is to buy a plastic tree. Try to look for one that is made using recycled plastic if possible. This tree can then be used each year. Remember that reusing is another step in helping your household be greener.
Another great tip is to wrap your presents in old newspaper. Many people tend to spend lots of money on wrapping paper yet they have old newspapers lying around their house not being used and often they get thrown away. Why not use them to wrap your gifts. For a more fun wrapping experience use the comic section. Children especially will love this added touch to their presents.
When people think about Christmas they always think about buying wrapping paper. But why not use gift bags. Wrapping paper in my opinion is a waste of money since it cannot be used the next year by the same family. By buying gift bags you can reuse these every year and it will save your family money in the process. Being green couldn’t be any less expensive.
Along the lines of gift bags, although they are great at being reused the paper that is stuffed in them is not. I propose cutting tissue paper out completely. If you must wrap the gift inside use my above tip which is to use newspaper. You could even stuff the newspaper in place of the tissue paper.
If you really love buying wrapping paper that is okay. Try to buy wrapping paper that is printed on recycled paper. You could even buy a huge roll of recycled butcher paper and have your children decorate your wrapping paper for you if you cannot find recycled wrapping paper. Your children will love being able to help you with your Christmas endeavors.
Decorations are another popular thing when Christmas rolls around. Many people often buy new decorations every Christmas after their old decorations wear out. I propose fixing your old decorations and reusing them. If you have no need for them give them to someone that you know will use them. This is much better than throwing them out since it keeps them out of landfills. Try your creativity at reinventing your old decorations into new ones. You will be surprised at how great they turn out and how much money you will save each year.
Christmas lights are so pretty this time of year. However leaving them on obsessively uses a lot of energy. So does this mean a person shouldn’t put up Christmas lights? Absolutely not! Christmas lights are one of my most favorite parts of Christmas. I suggest buying a timer to turn your lights on and off. Have the timer go on as soon as it gets dark and have them stay on for around three hours. This gives your neighbors and you plenty of time to enjoy your great lights. It also saves energy and money on your electricity bill.
Presents are another big thing when it comes to Christmas. Have you noticed how much packaging surrounds the products that you buy? I suggest buying presents that do not have an obsessive amount of packaging. This cuts down on waste. It’s also very frustrating to be opening one present for a half an hour because of all the packaging surrounding it.
My last two tips are very simple ones. They are recycle as much as possible after Christmas and try not to buy products that cannot be reused or recycled. Eliminating waste is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and our planet this Christmas. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and with that a greener Earth.