Green Holiday Guide

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on November 14, 2017

The holiday season is upon us! With all the gift-giving, ginger bread houses, celebrations with family and friends, it can feel impossible to go green. PRC is here to help you make this year’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and holiday season the most sustainable yet!

1. Zero Waste Experience Gifts! Experience gifts like cooking or dancing classes, conservation workshop registrations, or passes to a zipline course will bring you closer together and is zero waste! Earn extra brownie points by making a donation on their behalf to a worthy non-profit. (We’ve got one in mind…)

2. Holiday Candles. Light menorahs, kinaras, and luminaries with candles made of beeswax or soy with cotton wicks. Paraffin wax and artificial  scents can release large amounts of particulate pollution when burned, in addition to potentially carcinogenic polycyclic hydrocarbons.

3. Energy Efficiency! If your holiday string lights are more than ten years old, it will likely be more energy efficient to replacement with a new strand that uses LED bulbs. Make sure to recycle broken string lights at your local home improvement store – call ahead to check! Invest in a timer, to ensure your holiday lights are not on overnight – which conserves energy and cuts your electric bill!

4. Make and Decorate! Reuse or make your own holiday decorations! Homemade versions often produce less waste and are more cherished by family members! (Bonus tip: Compost any natural decorations, such as wreaths or gingerbread houses.)

5. Make it yourself. Thoughtful homemade gifts like baked goods, homemade lotion, knitted scarves, hot chocolate mix show that you care while cutting down packaging waste and saving you money!

6. Wrap It Green. Present your eco-conscious gifts the sustainable way! Wrap your gifts in reusable gift bags, or use options like Knot-Wraps which double as a gift since they can be reused as gift wrapping or worn as a scarf! Upcycled newspaper and old road maps can double as a unique wrapping material!

7. Sustainable Hosting! Invite your loved ones over to celebrate the season! Use durable plates, cups, and silverware to fight unecessary waste and be sure to recycle bottles & cans, and compost food scraps!

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