Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Holidays!

by | Dec 23, 2015 | Downtown Living

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With the holidays coming up, it can be tempting to buy and eat as much as you can. However, according to The Guardian, around eight thousand tons of wrapping paper are wasted each year.

But if you’re planning on being eco-friendly this year, you don’t have to sacrifice the fun! With a few easy steps, you can celebrate the holidays to the fullest while still showing appreciation for the earth.
If you’re having a party, ask each guest to bring their own plate and utensils.  
Not only does this reduce waste, but it also saves you money. You won’t have to buy any paper plates and or plastic forks.
Reuse wrapping paper. 
 After all, everyone knows that it’s what’s inside that counts! Rather than going out and purchasing more wrapping paper every time you have to give someone a present, simply save the wrapping paper from your own gift, fold it up, and put it in a drawer.
Emails instead of cards 
 Instead of sending out Christmas cards to your loved ones, try sending out a heartfelt email with holiday pictures. This also makes it easy for them to share it with their friends if they really like it!
Shop for locally-sourced food
Big holidays also mean big holiday dinners! If you buy from local markets, that means that your food took less time to get to the store, reducing your carbon footprint.
 
Give gifts that inspire new habits 
For example, a reusable water bottle or coffee thermos or Eco-Friendly Cotton Swabs. Giving gifts like these might spark new habits among your friends and family, which can save the environment from a lot of waste-it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
 

-by Connie Lee

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