While Christmas is one of the most festive holidays it also tends to be quite wasteful, and most of its waste is in paper and plastic form as are most Christmas decorations. However, it is possible to have a green and cheaper Christmas by not only practicing eco-friendly waste management activities but also using eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Therefore, turn your back on plastic wreaths and decorations and instead go all green for the green holidays using the following eco-friendly decorations.
1. DIY Christmas Wreaths
Instead of buying a plastic wreath that will almost definitely be a problem to dispose of, get your hands dirty and make a wreath using evergreen branches and foliage, pine cones and pine branches and tie them using a wire or yarn then decorate using ribbons. This will not only look wonderful in your home but also, smell great and woodsy! In the absence of evergreen trees, you can make a wreath using scraps of clothing materials that are not in use. These can also make up part of the Christmas tree ornaments.
2. Reuse Old Napkins and Sundries from Christmases Past
Use holiday dishes, glassware and cloth napkins that cannot be disposed of unlike paper napkins and placemats. Also, reuse last year’s wrapping and use it to decorate this year’s Christmas.
3. LED Lighting Fixtures
They not only withstand all kinds of weather but are also, durable and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
4. Make Donations
Donate the decorations you don’t need and only use enough while reusing and recycling the rest in order to reduce waste – you can make a family’s Christmas complete by sending them your old Christmas decorations.
5. Get Crafty
Rather than spend a huge chunk of money buying all your gifts, buy only a few and make the rest. Handcrafted gifts are not only unique but also personal which makes them much more meaningful.
6. Get Creative with Your Gift Wrapping
Instead of buying elaborate wrapping paper, reuse other forms of wrapping such as old newspaper creatively such that your gifts still look elegant. You can also add an ornament or cut out a previous year’s greeting card and use it as a gift tag. Or grab a stylus and draw personalized gift wraps on your computer for print out. Don’t have a stylus? Reviews may help!
7. Don’t Waste Money on Scented Candles
Why burn scented candles when you can use herbs instead. To scent your home for Christmas, you can tie cinnamon sticks around a normal candle, or tie packets of herbs such as thyme and lavender in porous cloth bundles and leave them around the house.
8. Sustainable (and Edible) Christmas Decorations
Colorful display can also be made from cranberries, pine cones and evergreen twigs or nuts.
9. Consider Investing in a Good Artificial Christmas Tree
Rather than cut down a live tree with each festive season, get an artificial tree and use it as many years as you possibly can.
We hope you found our 9 tips useful!