Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

Tis the season for family and celebration! Between cooking, traveling, and gift giving, we tend to use more energy, generate more trash, and engage in other not-so-eco-friendly habits this time of year. Luckily, you don’t always need to! This year, celebrate the holidays without compromising environmental friendliness. Stay eco-friendly and sustainable this holiday season, and help reduce your carbon footprint, with the following tips:

Environmentally Friendly Gift Wrap

While wrapping paper looks great, it’s not always good for the environment. Plain paper can often recycle but glittery, shiny wrapping paper can’t, and we tend to use tons. Instead of traditional wrapping paper, use recyclable alternatives, like old newspapers, paper bags, and brown craft paper which offer a stylish and unique appeal. Scarves, decorative dish towels, and even clothing items provide another alternative that family and friends can continue to use.

For another solution, check out recyclable wrapping paper options. Though a little pricier, recyclable wrapping paper allows you to wrap your holiday gifts with the classic festive look, only eco-friendlier!

If you still own traditional gift wrap or receive a gift that used it, try reusing it! Check out our blog to find ways you can reuse your gift wrap to avoid tossing it in a landfill.

Homemade Decorations

Get creative with your holiday decorations! Making your own holiday decorations adds a fun and artistic way to celebrate the holidays. You can also turn it into a fun family activity!

Find a wide variety of holiday decorations to add cheer to your home, such as:

LED Lights

LED Christmas lights offer an energy efficient alternative to traditional string light options. Traditional Christmas lights typically use incandescent bulbs, which waste 90 percent of their energy as heat. LED lights can use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent and produce very little heat. LED Christmas lights can also last around 4,000 hours.

In addition to LEDs, investing in a light timer can help reduce the amount of energy used for holiday lighting. A light timer prevents you from accidentally leaving the lights on all night or when you’re away.

Carbon Offsets

The holidays mean spending time with loved ones. If you travel by plane to visit them but you’re worried about the environmental impact, many companies, like Sustainable Travel International, offer a way to invest in carbon offsets. Carbon offsets help offset the emissions produced from the plane by planting trees or donating money to companies that help reduce, remove, or capture CO2 emissions.

Potted Christmas Trees

While an artificial tree may seem like the most environmentally conscious option, they contribute a high carbon footprint due to their energy-intensive manufacturing process. Additionally, their transportation process increases carbon emissions, and they often end up in landfills at the end of their life.

For a greener alternative, use a real tree. Potted trees offer the most sustainable option. As long as you find a tree native to the area, it can be replanted! If that’s not an option, local programs may allow you to recycle a real tree once the holiday season ends. These organizations can typically use them to support local conservation and habitat projects.

However, if you already own an artificial tree, don’t despair! Maintaining the tree and reusing it each year helps offset the environmental impact.

Celebrate an eco-friendly and sustainable holiday season this year. Do a little holiday shopping with HomElectrical to find a variety of LED string light options including a SMART LED string light!

Avery Dietzen
Avery Dietzen

Originally from Wisconsin, Avery earned her degree in English before making the trip down to the Atlanta, GA area. Writer by day, reader by night, she prides herself on having a creative outlook and tries to instill that in everything she writes. As a content writer for HomElectrical, she uses her skills to share tips and tricks about lighting, HVAC, and going green. If she’s not writing, she’s reading, painting, hanging out with her dog, or spending time with family and friends.

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