Christmas

12 ways to Green Your Christmas

Celebrate this Christmas season by reducing your environmental impact. Whether you seek out eco-friendly gifts and decorations or choose to serve an earth-conscious meal to friends and family, there are many ways to cut waste and add a little green to the occasion. Start small and over the years, you’ll be able to cultivate festivities that honor your guests as well as the earth.

  1. Buy green holiday gifts

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    Regardless of who you’re shopping for, we’ve got a nearly endless list of ideas to get you on the green gift giving track.

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  2. Choose a real Christmas tree

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    The artificial versus real Christmas tree debate can be a bit confusing. We vote for the old fashioned traditional live tree but do your research before you buy.

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  3. Illuminate with eco-friendly Christmas lights and candles

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    Using LED Christmas lights and eco-friendly Christmas candles will not only reduce your electricity bill, it’ll also help keep your indoor air soot-free.

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  4. Choose eco-friendly holiday gift wrapping and cards

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    Reduce your holiday garbage pile by opting for reusable, recycled, and recyclable options for giftwrap, cards, tags, and party invitations. You may just save yourself some money, too!

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  5. Use eco-friendly Christmas decorations

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    Adorn your home this holiday with eco-friendly Christmas decorations for a truly green Christmas. We've got ideas for earth-conscious stockings, centerpieces, ornaments, garland, and more.

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  6. Cook a vegetarian Christmas meal

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    Nothing wrong with a little break from tradition. A vegetarian Christmas meal will not only help lower your carbon footprint, it might even be healthier for you.

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  7. Serve local and organic food for Christmas dinner

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    Cook up a truly sustainable Christmas meal filled with locally-sourced and organic foods. You’ll delight both your guests and the earth with these green Christmas meal choices.

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  8. Reduce your holiday travel carbon footprint

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    Keep your carbon footprint to a minimum while visiting with family and friends by traveling by train, bus, or public transit this holiday season.

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  9. Make eco-friendly holiday baking

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    Make healthy snacks and eco-friendly baking from organic ingredients like flour, chocolate, nuts, and honey. And don’t forget the apple cider and popcorn balls!

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  10. Choose eco-friendly dinnerware over paper plates and plastic cups

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    If you're hosting Christmas dinner this year, plan to use reusable dinnerware and cups, as well as cloth napkins, to reduce the waste your meal creates. Or, opt for recycled content and biodegradable disposable options.

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  11. Recycle your Christmas tree

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    Don’t waste your Christmas tree (real or artificial) by throwing it in the trash. We’ve got great ideas for how to recycle your holiday tree this year!

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  12. Compost your kitchen scraps

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    After the big holiday meal, be sure to collect all of your kitchen scraps and either feed them to your worms or your indoor or outdoor composter to keep organics from landfills and create rich, free fertilizer!

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Comments

05/24/2009
12:53pm
Da Green Tree

I did a report on how to go green for Christmas and....... who am I kidding I got an A for that project.*COUGH purple is going to win COUGH *COUGH.

05/26/2009
12:05pm
Da Green Tree

Soo how was your weekend

05/30/2009
6:42pm
Da Green Tree

Hi claudia, me and watermelon are just meant to be friends. and thanks for not exacerbateing the subject like some people, AHEM* JORDYN COUGH* KASSANDRA COUGH*

06/01/2009
10:49am
Fishy

who is this da green tree????????? and why you guys talking about watermelons?????????

11/29/2009
12:14pm
Chris

Check out these great earth friendly gift ideas http://kidskonserve.com/blog/post/Best-Sustainable-and-Non-Toxic-Gifts-for-this-Holiday.aspx

Love the lunch kits!

12/01/2009
12:05pm
bubblegumgirl

where can i cut my own xmas tree near NYC?

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