With leaves changing colors, a cool breeze in the air and pumpkin everything, we know that the holidays are right around the corner. It's one of our favorite times of the year, but can also be one of the most waste-producing (not to be a buzz kill). So how can you be eco-conscious and still get into the holiday spirit? Check out our list of ideas below:
Start with what you have or shop second-hand.
- Dust off those decorations that have been hiding in storage and place them in a different place around the house from the year before.
- If you must buy something "new" to add to your collection, stop by your local thrift store, or check out your local neighborhood Facebook groups (we LOVE our local Buy Nothing community group) to see if anyone has goodies they're giving away.
Bring out your inner artist and get creative!
- Tons of pumpkins end up in the landfill each year instead of getting composted or used for food. Pinterest has some great ideas for making fabric pumpkins from old scrap materials and cinnamon sticks. These can be used for years to come (not to mention they smell amazing).
- Make your own Fall decorations using natures' gifts from outside instead of buying plastic decorations from the store: pinecones, twigs and branches, leaves and rocks.
Give gifts that keep on giving.
- 2020 has been a tough year for many, especially a lot of non-profit organizations that rely on fundraising and other events to keep their programs going. Make an electronic monetary gift in your family's or friends' honor to their favorite charity. Write a handwritten note to express gratitude for their love and support, and wanting to pay it forward to others this year.
- For parents, do you ever feel like your kids get a ton of toys for the holidays, and then they end up not being played with for until the next holiday season comes around? If you have a college savings plan set-up for your littles, you can encourage your friends and family to make a gift towards their education.
What are some of your favorite holiday tips to stay eco-friendly?