Keeping it Green This Holiday is a series of posts about minimizing your environmental footprint in a season that can easily be excessive. A beautiful holiday can be had by making things from scratch, spending time at home and outdoors, and less time worrying about to-do lists and ‘getting it done’. Check out the rest of the series on thegreenrock.ca, and have a happy and green holiday!
When it grows colder outside, we retreat indoors with mugs of hot tea and quilted blankets. Holiday decorations are a way to bring warmth, colour and a festive feeling into your home. Candles, oranges, holly, ribbons, wreaths, and boughs bring a sense of coziness and joy. Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be a mad buying rush. Instead, using what you already have stored in Christmas boxes or gathering bits and pieces from nature can set the perfect note.
Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home, and be green for Christmas.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights, are a much more efficient, long-lasting, and thus, eco-friendly choice than incandescent lights. New lights in stores are often LED, but check the label to be sure. Your friends or neighbours might have a surplus of strings of lights, or used lights can be found on freecycle.org or kijiji.ca.
Real or artificial? The old Christmas tree debate… but apparently there is a verdict! Generally, real trees win, because artificial trees are typically thrown away after a few seasons of use. With a real tree, you can recycle it into organic waste, and if you buy a tree that is grown on a Christmas tree farm, you’re not depleting trees from the forest. Read more on the David Suzuki web site.
Traditional decorations can give your tree a beautiful, natural appearance and are a way to avoid buying more baubles. Stringing popcorn and cranberries is a fun way to spend time with the kids, all you need is a needle and thread, popcorn and cranberries. Dried orange slices make fantastic ornaments, are easy to make, and they resemble little stained glass windows.
Christmas Tree Disposal
Here is the information on where and when to drop off your Christmas tree in St. John’s once the season is over, so that it can be turned to mulch for the city’s gardening projects.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! If you go for a walk in the woods, it’s likely you’ll find a wealth of natural materials to use for holiday decorations. Keep an eye out for fallen items– pine cones, dog berries, leaves…Then at home, the trimmings from your Christmas tree, oranges. Poke some cloves into an orange, and you have a pretty and wonderful smelling pomander. Natural items are great for wreaths, centerpieces, window decorations and ornaments and using them helps to avoid over-consumption of holiday trinkets.
There are lots of ways to get creative and reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season, from gifts, to trees, to decorations.
Have a happy and eco-friendly holiday!