Deck the Halls with Eco-Friendly Décor
Tips for a beautiful and sustainable holiday seasonBy Rue Reynold
While holiday decorations are a cherished tradition, they can be a source of waste. If you’re aiming to make your celebrations more eco-friendly, here are some green decorating tips that will help you create a sustainable and stylish seasonal atmosphere.
Reuse and repurpose
Reuse or repurpose existing decorations you have from previous years or borrow any from family and friends who aren’t using them. For old ornaments and décor you no longer want, consider donating them to a local charity or thrift store.
LED lights and timers
LED lights use significantly less electricity and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. To further reduce energy consumption, use timers to ensure your lights turn on and off at set times, saving you money while helping to reduce energy use across the grid.
Consider cloth napkins instead of paper, and bamboo or wooden utensils for table settings. You can even use scarves, fabric scraps or newspaper for creative and sustainable gift wrapping.
Look for ornaments made from sustainable materials like wood, felt or recycled materials. Better yet, make your own ornaments from items you already have around the house. It’s a fun and creative way to personalize your holiday décor and minimize waste.
DIY and handmade décor
Get the family involved in crafting unique holiday decorations. Create paper snowflakes, homemade wreaths or hand-painted ornaments.
By incorporating these eco-friendly decorating tips, you can reduce your environmental footprint and do your part to protect the planet while still enjoying the festivities of the holiday season.
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