The holidays are just around the corner and so is Christmas. Probably one of the most exciting times of the year right? So many festivities to be managed and so many celebrations to be made. Would it not be great if while doing all this you could maintain your ‘green stance’ and celebrate in an eco-friendly way? While having fun, you would be helping your beloved Mother Earth as well. Not sure how to accomplish this? Here is what a recent report has to suggest.
Going green in the kitchen
Try to use local and organic ingredients as much as you can. During the cold winter months, this is not so easy, but you should probably be able to get your hands on some common fruits and veggies.
Christmas is not complete without a ham or turkey. Just make sure you buy it from a local store or farm instead of a processing food company.
Have plenty of carrot and potato shavings? Do not throw them away; they are just going to end up in a landfill. Instead plant them in your backyard and grow your very own kitchen garden. As the year progresses, you could add to the variety.
Going green with gifts
Online shopping is much more convenient than going to the mall for every single thing. Shop for gifts for your loved ones right from your own home and save plenty of fuel by not making those unnecessary trips to the stores. If you are lucky, you might even get very impressive discounts because it’s holiday time.
Avoid packaging your products; the more packaging materials you would use, the more you would have to throw out.
If you receive gifts from outside town or if you send them to your faraway friends and relatives, ask the UPS or the courier company to recycle the packaging plastic and foam. They would gladly take and reuse them.
You can wrap up your gifts, but make sure you recycle the wrapping paper afterwards. The same goes for the gift bags; use those that can easily be recycled.
Going green with decorations
Use energy efficient lightening products. These might be a little expensive but have a longer life.
Decorate your home with as many natural products as possible. For instance, you can make quite a good use of evergreen boughs, pine cones and mistletoe for adorning your house.