Unfortunately the year end festive season brings on immense realities of climate change, it comes at a high price in environment terms, rise in temperatures, flash floods, droughts, lesser and lesser rainfall each year and vanishing winter among others. Going Green beginning this Christmas would be a good start.
Christmas is the season of celebrating, gifting, relaxing and indulging, and it’s certainly not the most eco-friendly time of year. With the added strain on landfills and extra CO2 emissions that rise during the Christmas period, the festive season is one of the most stressful times of year for the environment.
If you’re really concerned about your carbon footprint this December but you don’t want to compromise on a fun, flamboyant year end season, here are some top tips for an eco-friendly Christmas that won’t harm the planet, or your Christmas and New year’s cheer.
Celebrate a green or eco-friendly Christmas by recycling decor, opting for energy-efficient lights and some quick tips to help minimize humanity’s holiday carbon footprint.
Buy local products and support rural homemade crafts. It takes more resources for imported goods to reach our homes and offices. Support native handicrafts, particularly if the raw materials are sustainably-sourced, like twigs, leaves and ribbons. It’s no use getting kiwi’s for example, they are off season exotic fruits, coming all the way from New Zealand using trucks, planes and more transport to get to your plate. Eat seasonal and from your locality markets and backyards.
Bring cloth bags and eco-bags when shopping for gifts. An estimated one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year and most end up in landfills. Don’t add to the waste.
Use LED Christmas lights with timers. Energy-efficient LED Christmas lights are up to 90 percent more efficient than regular tungsten bulbs. Ofcourse change your home bulbs and appliance’s to green stars acrredated ones.
Make your own personalized Christmas cards. About two billion Christmas cards are wasted every December. Craft your own from recycled books, magazines or packaging. Get kids to create their own.Nothing like the old fashioned way. You may also use E cards.
If you re-use your Plastic Christmas Tree, it will only be worth it if you recycle it for over two decades atleast. Better to buy a local Christmas tree plant which gives you oxygen. Infact use any shrub medium height tree to redesign your own Xmas tree, it doesn’t have to be a pine tree. Dont buy goods with plastic packaging, ask for carton packing.
Use recycled décor. With some tinkering and a touch of creativity, your old jars, gifts and gizmos can be converted into nifty Christmas decorations. After the celebrations neatly repack them away for next year’s celebration. There is no shame in repeating clothes, repeating decorations and reusing utensils.
Buy only what you’ll use. Hosting this year’s Christmas party? Politely ask your guests to minimize leftovers and get only the food they can consume. Every year, it is said that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted.Recycle last year’s wrapping paper for this year’s gifts. Printed paper wrappers comprise one of the largest Christmas wastes. Use scarves and cloth wrappers.
Reuse old props for this year’s parties. Bring out old decor and leftover trimmings for this season’s celebrations.
Not only donate your old clothes and leftover food to the needy but invite them and share with them whatever little you can.
Observe proper cleanup after partying. Ensure there are enough bins and trash bags that are clearly marked with the right labels for proper disposal. Vermicompost in your backyard pits. Don’t put the strain on the municipality.
If you see restaurants and food outlets dumping thrash on the roads take the initiative to find out the phone number of the local municipality and report it, to help cleanup the environment.
Happy Holidays Happy Earth!