Green holiday season

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December signifies the holiday season in many countries. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the New Year, or another holiday that is being celebrated, December is a month of giving, sharing, and consumption. Green holiday season signifies enjoying the holiday season in an eco-friendly fashion. A green Christmas can be your gift to the environment.

Why should I be aware of this?

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, an additional 1 million tons of garbage waste is added per week in the US. Food waste, shopping bags, packaging, and transportation all contribute to a 25% increase in household waste in the month of December. The holiday season can be enjoyed without impact the environment adversely by going for eco-friendly alternatives.

All about Green holiday season

Green holiday season is all about making conscious choices in every aspect of life during this time of merriment. From gifts and feasts to travel and family fun, all the decisions should be guided by the three “R’s” --Reuse, recycle and

  • Donate your unwanted electronics to community groups, local schools, or nonprofit organizations.
  • Opt for reusable items -- whether it is shopping bags, decorations or gift items and gift wrapping paper. Some donations may qualify for a tax deduction.
  • Look for gifts made with recycled material and that have less packaging. Buy green electronic products.
  • Look for opportunities to extend the life of old items.
  • Use LED light bulbs to save energy.

What can I do?

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You can take a few simple steps that ensure that you have a green holiday season without compromising on things that matter to you.

  • Use a compact fluorescent light bulb. These can be given as gifts too. Old-fashioned light bulbs waste 85% of their energy in heat and do not last long.
  • Avoid products that are over-packaged or made from toxic PVC plastic or from endangered species of trees like mahogany.
  • Make your own decorations! Reuse last year’s decorations or get creative with things you already have at home. Old glass jars can make great candleholders, cookie cutters or old toys can make fun ornaments, or natural products from your backyard can offer a more rustic décor.
  • While shopping, opt for green commute. Take public transportation or carpool for trips, thereby reducing the emission of greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming.
  • For a lower carbon footprint, shop online.
  • You can get your loved ones gift memberships to environmental organizations.
  • Find an alternative to conventional wrapping paper. You can get creative by reusing magazines, old artwork and old linens. Also try giving your gifts in a fabric tote bag that can be used throughout the year.
  • Use less paper. Go for e cards.
  • Replace the plastic decorations, with natural reuseable decorations like whitewashed branches and pine cones.
  • Use real dishes, not disposable ones. If you want to use disposable plates, glasses and cutlery, opt for those that can be recycled.
  • Use recycled holiday ornaments.
  • If possible, go for a staycation or a fair trade vacation during the holidays. This will reduce emissions and excess energy consumption from your vehicle.
  • Opt for vegeterianism. Animals require more land, water, and waste to produce than vegetables and grains, going vegetarian is sure way to reduce your holiday footprint.
  • Opt for green commute. Walk, bike, or use public transportation if possible. If flying, buy carbon credits to offset your flight emissions.
  • By adjusting your thermostat down 5 degrees, you can save about 10% on your energy bill.
  • Use cloth napkins and reusable/washable plates, cups, and utensils to reduce paper and plastic waste.
  • Buy organic and local. Organic products will reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and hormones in your meal and the environment. Supporting locally grown food will reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing excess manufacturing, transportation, and packaging in your meal.


  • Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day, Americans throw away a million extra tons 9900,000 metric tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging.
  • If every family reused just 2 feet [0.6 meter] of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire plane.


  • Holiday Season Make it a Green
  • Your gift to the environment