Starting Your Holidays Off On A Green Foot

Posted in General Green Living, Recycling on November 2nd, 2009 by Jessica | 28 comments
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I can not believe that it is already November it seems like the years just keep going by faster and I keep trying to shove more into the weeks between Halloween and New Year. Usually this time of year any thoughts of the environment get thrown out the window right along with the black licorice. That’s when I stumbled upon Celebrate Green and realized that I already do environmentally conscious things during the holidays and most of it is in the name of saving a bit of money. I know this is a little early in the season for this kind of information but I’m a planner and for me I start thinking about Christmas in July so consider this the first of many upcoming holiday ideas and thoughts.

I know there are a lot of people that for them it wouldn’t be Christmas without a real tree and I do get that and while there is a case for both sides of this debate my big motivator was always saving money. You can save money because artificial trees can be used for up to 10 years or more if you store them correctly making the cost about $17.00 a year for a good one. I only had real trees when I was married to my ex and it was at his demand. I never liked the smell, the mess, the clean-up, and for me personally I have never liked having living things in my house I prefer them in the yard. There are some really wonderful artificial trees that look very realistic on the market now the vast majority even come with fiber-optics so you don’t even have to hang lights if you don’t want. You can check out Balsam Hill (they offer a personalized tree finder) they are pretty top of the line but do offer some great deals in their clearance section. Also take a look at Tree Classics (they also offer a tree selector) these are much more reasonable priced. You can also look at Target and Wal-Mart which always offer a selection of artificial trees and offer free shipping to the store. If you do plan to get a real tree consider purchasing it from a responsible tree farm and recycling at the end of the season. You can check out Earth 911 for information on programs in your area now so you are ready after the New Year.

The other thing I always do at holiday gift giving parties is scavenge all of the unclaimed gift bags and tissue paper. I’ve always done this just to save money for next year but it really is a very basic recycling technique. There are a lot of your fellow party goers that wouldn’t mind giving up or giving back any packaging material that they don’t want. It’s pretty much a given at my family Christmas get-togethers that everyone folds up their bags and hands them to me to use for next year. It’s almost a running joke in my family but hey it works for me.

I’d love to hear what you are doing to make your Holiday more green this year? Any creative ways that you have always done things and just never thought “Hey this is helping the environment”?

So What Can I Do?

  • If you celebrate Christmas have a plan on how to make your tree a little greener this year by either recycling your real tree or investing in a artificial tree. If it is time to upgrade your tree consider donating your previously loved tree to a needy family. Sometimes this is the only way some families have trees during the holiday season.
  • Take stock now of your wrapping supplies so you know what you already have that can be reused. If you go to early holiday parties aquire the unused wrapping supplies to use for later parties and always recycle for next year. Think of the money you can save when each bag can cost anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00.
  • Check out Celebrate Green and back here with me for more tips on Greening up your Holidays.

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