5 Tips for a Greener Holiday Season

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I am not referring to those folks who live in a no snow zone. I am talking about having an environmentally friendly holiday. The holidays are a time of family, food, and thankfulness. Unfortunately, they are also a time of waste. In North America we are consumers of everything and events like Black Friday seem to make over-consumption and greed part of the holidays.

I am not suggesting that you shouldn’t gift-give with your loved ones, but perhaps there are ways that we can cut down on how much we give and consume, and reduce the carbon footprint we leave behind. Here are some tips to have a greener holiday season.

1. Buy fewer gifts. When I was a kid, we got one gift from my parents. And we were really excited about it! Now, my children receive multiple gifts from each relative, and my house feels like the inside of a Toys R Us. And my son soon becomes bored and is looking for the next gift. So this year we have asked for donations to their college fund instead of another Lego set.

2. Use recycled paper to wrap the gifts, or make your own out of newspaper or paper bags.

3. Use local ingredients and organic turkeys for your holiday meals.

4. If you decorate your house with lights, use energy-saving LED lights. You can really save on your electric bill.

5. Celebrate! The holidays aren’t about all the gifts and decorations, they are about spending time with your loved ones and being grateful for all the blessings in your life.

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