With Thanksgiving snugly under my belt, my focus quickly turns to the next holiday... Christmas. The holidays are a time of indulgence, excess, and unfortunately waste. Lots of waste! Throughout the months of November and December household waste increases by 25 percent, adding up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
That was just one of the mind-boggling facts on holiday waste that I stumbled upon on RecycleWorks.org. After reading about all the obscenity come back and check out these links for ways to green your holidays.
Earth Easy gives a great rundown on how to have a green Christmas, from buying less and buying smart to holiday lighting and choosing a tree.
On the subject of trees, there seems to be some debate as to whether real or artificial is the greener way to go. When choosing which version is best for you consider this:
- place of origin
- method of production
- chemicals used
The National Christmas Tree Association gives a side by side comparison of real vs. artificial. Keep in mind that the source is the National Christmas Tree Association - they promote the use of real trees. The Great Debate: Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees at scientificblogging goes into more detail. Of course you could skip the great debate and get yourself an aluminum Christmas tree - totally recyclable!
As for what goes on the tree, be it real, artificial or aluminum, Great Green Goods has some sources for fun recycled Christmas ornaments. If you are the crafty type, a little imagination and leftover materials are all it takes to make your own.
When it comes to what is under the tree, Eco Child's Play suggests you get creative and go DIY with your holiday wrapping. For those lacking DIY gene, they also give a list of eco-friendly wrapping you can purchase. If you wish to skip wrapping paper altogether, head to the library and look for the new book The Wrapping Scarf Revolution.
And finally, to play off of yesterday's post Antiques aren't just for Grandma anymore, think outside the big-box when it comes to sources for holiday entertaining. Antique and thrift stores are great resources for holiday decor and table settings, as demonstrated by Thrifty Chicks $4.61 place setting.