Greening your holiday has never been easier, thanks to several retailers who sell green Christmas decorations. Most of us are seeking new and exciting ways to help the environment and to make our surroundings more healthy and eco-friendly, and green Christmas decorations definitely play a role in that! While many of us don’t think about our holiday choices until that time of year rolls around, it’s important to consider what impact our decisions have on the planet. For instance, plastic Christmas trees are petroleum based, likely made in China and shipped halfway around the world, and have a much larger carbon footprint than a real tree raised within a few hundred miles of your home. Christmas lights are typically laced with leads and other heavy metals and again, are most likely manufactured in China. But what are some green Christmas decoration alternatives that are easily found and look fantastic?
For starters, www.holidayleds.com is a leading internet retailer of LED Christmas lights, which are critical if you enjoy the look of holiday lights but are moving towards a green Christmas decoration scheme. These lights are 90% more energy efficient (and in fact even qualify for the Energy Star program) and come in a variety of fantastic colors and shapes. Best of all, they won’t burn or short out like traditional lights do.
Serrv, located at www.serrv.com is not only a great source for green Christmas decorations but also a great opportunity to make a difference in the world. Serrv sells fantastic, hand-made ornaments and other goods (think great gift ideas!) made by artisans and crafters from around the world who are paid a living wage. A large portion of the proceeds of each sale goes right back to the community where your item was made, so not only is this a great green Christmas decoration source, but buying items there will make a difference in the world.
Another great option for green Christmas decorations is to check your local eco-shop or Whole Foods. Most communities have one or the other, and often, places like Whole Foods, while they may not have a huge selection, do have a few things to get you moving in the right direction. Even one purchase can make a difference!
Gaiam (www.gaiam.com) also has a supply of gorgeous green ornaments, and Overstock.com is a great source for green ornaments as well. Whatever you select should not be made of plastic and should preferably be made of recycled or recyclable material. For instance, wood is a great choice for green Christmas decorations because it’s biodegradable or, at the very least, can be burned in your woodstove when you’re done. Pine is particularly good because it’s a fast growing tree and isn’t old-wood. Metal can also be a good green Christmas decoration choice, particularly aluminum or steel, since both can be recycled.
With a little shopping around and some creative thinking, this can be your greenest Christmas yet! Green Christmas decorations are not only beautiful, but they’re sustainable and fun to purchase. So get shopping!