Hanukkah

9 ways to Green Your Hanukkah

Celebrate this Hanukkah season by reducing your environmental impact. Whether you seek out eco-friendly menorahs, candles, and dreidels, green holiday gifts, 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 creation.

  1. Use eco-friendly menorahs, dreidels, and other Hanukkah decorations

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    Decorate your home for Hanukkah using dreidels, menorahs, and ornaments made from recycled, recyclable, and sustainable materials to reduce the eco-impact of your festival of lights celebration.

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  2. Buy green holiday gifts

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    Bless your family and friends (and creation, too!) with gifts like organic chocolate Hanukkah gelt and recycled glass ornaments. Or help reduce your loved one's eco-impact with energy- and water-saving presents.

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  3. Choose eco-friendly holiday gift wrapping and cards

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    Bring joy to those celebrating the festival of lights by presenting them with gifts wrapped in beautiful reusable or recyclable giftwrap made from creation-conscious fibers.

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  4. Serve local and organic food for Hanukkah

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    Cook up a traditional, yet sustainable Hanukkah meal filled with locally-sourced and organic foods: organic potato latkes, sustainably-raised meats, and locally-sourced honey and applesauce.

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  5. Cook a vegetarian Hanukkah meal

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    Skip the meat and dairy this Hanukkah and instead make a vegetarian or vegan meal made with delicious, plant-based ingredients.

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  6. Serve eco-friendly holiday baking

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    Delight your taste buds with soofganiyot, fritters, and other baked goods made from organic flour, natural honey, and fair trade vanilla or chocolate.

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  7. Compost your kitchen scraps

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    Send left overs home with guests in reusable containers, or compost it in your worm bin or the compost pile out back. You'll end up with rich, organic fertilizer (that's also free!) while keeping greenhouse gas-making organics out of the landfill.

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

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    Instead of serving latkes and other Hanukkah delights from disposable dishes, opt for dinnerware made from recycled or biodegradable materials. Better yet, choose durable reusable dishes and cutlery instead.

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  9. Reduce your holiday travel carbon footprint

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    If you're traveling to be with friends and family for Hanukkah, reduce your carbon footprint by choosing low-emissions travel like the train, bus, or public transit.

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