Decking the halls with boughs and holly isn’t the only way to be green during the holidays.

Here are ten ways to make your holiday festivities environmentally friendly:

  1. Use an artificial Christmas tree, so long as it’s not made with PVC, or polyvinyl chloride.
  2. If you can’t resist the smell of fresh pine, buy a potted tree and plant it outside afterward or mulch your tree after the holidays (many cities will collect trees and mulch them for residents).
  3. Wrap gifts in newspaper or other papers already around the house.
  4. Set your holiday lights to a timer so that you don’t accidentally leave them on all night.
  5. Buy LED holiday lights.
  6. Compost your holiday meal scraps.
  7. In lieu of giving traditional gifts, make a donation to your favorite environmental organization in the recipient’s name.
  8. Buy holiday cards made with recycled paper.
  9. Use cranberries, fruits, nuts and popcorn to trim trees and decorate the mantel — then eat them after the holidays.
  10. Make your own menorah out of just about any household item and use organic beeswax candles.

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