Christmas is a time for your family to spend quality time together and enjoy the fun and festivities, but the celebration of Christmas can create a lot of waste and excess! Think of how much wrapping paper is used across the world, and how many Christmas cards are produced each year! We all know that going green is a healthy way to live. That’s why it’s a great idea to teach your kids to go green at Christmas – this will help reduce the negative impact on the environment. This may sound like a big challenge, but it takes only a little effort from each of us to save our environment. Here are some tips for an eco-friendly Christmas.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Tips
Eco-Friendly Christmas Card Options
Why not send e-cards or make your own Christmas cards this year? Your family and friends will love receiving cards that your children helped to make. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit – and it also is a great way to save money, too! You can make Christmas cards using recycled paper or old Christmas cards. Cut the pictures from the old Christmas cards and paste them onto recycled paper or card stock. Let your kids be creative by coloring or painting the Christmas cards. Add ribbons, cotton wool and buttons to decorate the Christmas cards.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts and Wrapping
Rather than splurge on Christmas shopping, consider buying recycled gifts or donating some of the money you would have spent to a charity. You can also ask your kids to help make Christmas presents – homemade ornaments and crafts make great presents.
You can make wrapping paper from recycled materials like newspapers, paper bags, magazines, and even pieces of your children’s artwork! People who receive these presents will appreciate the time and energy that went into making them. After the gifts are unwrapped, you can also save the wrapping and ribbons for future use – or you can recycle them!
Eco-friendly Christmas Tree and Decorations
Another eco-friendly way to celebrate the holidays is to purchase a Christmas tree that you can plant in your yard when the holiday is over. You can also choose try your hand at DIY ornaments and decorations that you can use again, year after year.
Although Christmas lights are beautiful, they consume a lot of energy. To save energy, go without lights or choose energy efficient LED lights. Or, how about decorating your tree with other things instead of lights? You can cut out strips of paper from old magazines or Christmas cards and let your kids make paper chains to hang on the Christmas tree.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Food
Food is such an important part of the Christmas season! However, it helps to have a plan and a shopping list. This way, you won’t accidentally buy too much food, which will go to waste. Be sure to prepare for the inevitable leftovers, and have bowls or containers ready to store any leftovers in the freezer and a plan for how you can incorporate them in upcoming meals.
Consider eco-friendly food options such as organic, locally grown, bulk purchases, and items with little to no packaging. Have fun cooking together this holiday season and sharing with your children how you are making eco-friendly choices in the kitchen. There are many simple Christmas recipes that kids can help prepare.
Recharge Those Batteries
So many holiday gifts—especially for kids—require batteries. Mt. Diablo Recycling, reminds us that about 40 percent of battery sales happen during the holidays and suggests that to avoid the disposal of extra batteries that are harmful to the environment, you should purchase rechargeable batteries. You may also want to think about including a battery charger as part of your gift.
These are just a few tips for an eco-friendly Christmas. What are some eco-friendly choices that you make around Christmas time?