Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

by deborah on December 22, 2016

in Christmas, Eco-friendly, Green living, Holidays, Living Green, Living Green

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

The holidays are here and with it comes a joy and hype to go big.

We strive to buy big gifts for our friends and family.

We try to one-up our neighbors in the lights and decorations.

We want more, more more.

In some ways we’re blinded by the glitz of the holiday lights and enamored by its cheer.

You can certainly have a great holiday celebration but if you’re like me then you try to

down-play it a bit because sometimes when you abandon the

modest traditions.

The consumerism can lead to an environmental impact that you may completely dismiss

because of the thrill of gifts, decorations, and parties.


*What happens to all the waste

from packaging?

*How big of an impact do the

decorations and lighting have?

*Who may be less fortunate

in all of this?

 

This isn’t to dampen your holiday spirit – on the contrary – I think it’s important we think

of these impacts during the holiday season because it happens to be one of the few times we

are in a giving mood (compared to much of the year from what I’ve seen).

 

What all do you mean you may be asking.

Let me share a few thoughts and ideas:

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

*What if you measured your energy output from hanging all the lighting during this

time (or even if it’s scaled to multiple people doing this) where we make a shift to renewable energy.

Americans spend an extra $60 a month during the December holidays – now multiply that by

the millions upon millions of families!

Maybe this year a long-lasting gift could be  to help mitigate the costs and change

our overall consumption.

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

*What if we were to ditch the consumerism of decorating our house entirely?

The early celebrations of these holidays were decorated by handmade items so what’s

stopping us from going rustic and keeping up with that tradition?

There are countless which cost a fraction of what you’re

payingat the store while having less environmental impact depending on the manufacturer

of the DIY materials.

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

*What if you were to be eco-friendly during your holiday parties?

Consider encouraging others to carpool to the location, participate in a potluck, stick to natural

foods, and be courteous about the facilities when they’re over.

Creating an eco-friendly household is the first step, couple in the decorations that are light on the

environment, and then seal the deal with a party that is meant to leave no trace – now we’re talking!

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

*What if you gifted based on the idea of having less impact?

Big items have a big eco footprint due to the amount of materials and resources needed for the item

along with the impact that’s caused by its production.

Eco-friendly gifts that are long-lasting can make for great fits such as gifting plants, food, or

.

Obviously these depend on the recipient but I’m sure they’d love something that’s unique

and handmade!

 

“We don’t need to necessarily

go the consumerism route for the

holiday season when there are

so many great gifts and ideas

we can do that have long-term

impact on our World.”

 

 

I know it can be hard, for some, to think about these types of things when you’re in

this festive spirit but it’s still good to know about it because it may be something you’ll

put into practice.

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

We all don’t need to necessarily go the consumerism route for the holiday season when

there are so many great gifts and ideas we can do that have long-term impact on our World

around us along with creating a unique and special experience that can’t be bought from the store.

Do what you can to keep our World as joyous as it is today for all those that will come after us

in the future.

Big Celebration with Little Impact: Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

I hope you have a wonderful (and safe) holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

 

What are your favorite eco-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays?

What are you doing to lessen your environmental impact while celebrating Christmas?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.