Christmas is time a time for consumption – no argument there. Let’s consider it for a moment: there are the gifts (and their wrapping), the travel, the food, and all those holiday essentials like Christmas trees. It can be tough to skip most of these, especially if you’re a passionate follower of the holiday. At times, it may seem like there’s not much you can do. You may even think, Christmas equals Consumption!
But that doesn’t have to mean the holiday can’t work toward being more sustainable and thoughtful.
Let’s break down that same list:
- Instead of traditional gifts, try to switch a few out with handmade or repurposed gifts.
- Ditch the wrapping paper altogether or use something more sustainable, whether it is recycled paper, reused paper bags, or a reusable gift bag.
- When it comes to travel, be sure to do so lightly. Try to avoid spending too much time in the air, and if you need to rent a car, why not go with an electric or hybrid?
- Where it’s possible, switch out energy intensive foods like meat and go for homegrown or locally sourced produce. This meas less travel, fewer emissions, and a more sustainable dinner plate.
- Finally, don’t feel like a Charlie Brown Christmas is a bad one. Go for a smaller tree and (if you’re like my family) reuse those decorations each year. There’s not need to constantly buy new lights, ornaments, and tree skirts, right?
Those are just some strategies you can apply when considering the holidays, but we’d like to know – How are you working to make this season sustainable?