Christmas has become so commercialized that it is now hard to know what it is anymore. Christmas time can be incredibly wasteful. Think of all the wrapping paper torn off presents and thrown into landfills and bad for the environment.
There are go green alternatives, so let’s make use of them. Consider how to minimize the negative things we do over the Christmas holidays, and of course, save money too!
1. Gift wrap with recyclable paper
At Christmas exchanging gifts with friends and family it’s a tradition we all look forwards to. Many buy Christmas gifts in a store, and have them gift wrap it up, it seems so much easier to just let the store gift wrap them. They usually have such pretty looking paper, and the finished gift looks so professionally wrapped.
And unnecessarily expensive and usually non-recyclable too!
You can gift wrap with cheaper using recyclable paper that makes the whole process much more eco-friendly. It will be more personal too, and not wrapped by someone who couldn’t care less about who receives the gift.
Then the gift wrapping paper is usually thrown away immediately to end up in a landfill – expensive and non eco-friendly. You can do better and go green too!
2. Reuse existing paper and artworks
Why not re-use something that has already served a good purpose, and that will be much appreciated by the person who receives the gift. For instance, your children’s artwork – their drawings and paintings (you do keep them, don’t you?) will make excellent gift wrapping paper for close relatives.
Imagine the surprise of a grandparent on receiving a gift wrapped in little Jenny’s best picture of a pet cat. These paper make great gift wrapping and you save money – and someone gets to appreciate a special personal touch. What better way to go green!
If you don’t have any of your children’s artwork, or just don’t want to part with the precious memories, you could use the comic section of old newspapers as a colorful and bright alternative. According to the Sierra Club environmental organization that if every family gift wrapped just three of their gifts by recycling existing paper, children’s artwork or old newspaper sections, the amount of paper saved would be great enough to cover a very impressive 45,000 football fields!
3. Make you own wreath
Many people hang a wreath on their front door at Christmas time. You can make your own totally eco-friendly one and save money too.
Evergreen branches and dried twigs can be easily shaped into a wreath of green, and strung cranberries can add some contrasting color. You can get these from a nearby park, or maybe even from your backyard. The end product will look great. It will be completely biodegradable and will cost you no more than a little of time and some imagination.
4. Use LED Christmas lights
Are you using LED Christmas lights this year? The LED, as in “light emitting diode” lights are much more efficient than the older type, and they are much more reliable too.
Reuse, recycle and go green this Christmas.