The Holidays are coming, and that means it's the perfect time to decorate and prepare for celebrations. However, that does not mean that we should give up on using sustainable methods. Some ways that we can stay sustainable this holiday season are:
Buying a real Christmas tree (according to ACCIONA, fake trees leave a carbon footprint of 40kg CO2 per tree)
Use reusable cloth napkins if you are having guests over for dinner
Instead of buying decorations, make your own! (Dried orange slices, Origami, handmade ornaments, handmade twig trees)
If you want to avoid physical gifts, plan some family activities and gift them a memorable experience instead (Take them out to dinner, an amusement park, or the theater)
However, one of the biggest wastes during the holidays is caused by the gifts themselves. According to Stanford University, "Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year." This includes cards, ribbons, and wrapping paper. However, it doesn't have to be this way. You can either continually reuse wrapping paper or use newspapers and magazines to cut down on your waste. Reusable cloth ribbons and reusable containers and boxes are also great choices. Follow these tips to ensure that you have a sustainable holiday season!