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:
- Use an artificial Christmas tree, so long as it’s not made with PVC, or polyvinyl chloride.
- 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).
- Wrap gifts in newspaper or other papers already around the house.
- Set your holiday lights to a timer so that you don’t accidentally leave them on all night.
- Buy LED holiday lights.
- Compost your holiday meal scraps.
- In lieu of giving traditional gifts, make a donation to your favorite environmental organization in the recipient’s name.
- Buy holiday cards made with recycled paper.
- Use cranberries, fruits, nuts and popcorn to trim trees and decorate the mantel — then eat them after the holidays.
- Make your own menorah out of just about any household item and use organic beeswax candles.