5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

Most of us already know about the benefits of LED holiday lighting (they use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lights). But what about all the other holiday items you buy?

According to the CDC, Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Now is a great time to think about ways to go green this holiday season with 5 eco-friendly holiday tips.

5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

Eco-friendly Christmas cards
Instead of sending dozens of holiday cards out this year, try sending a Christmas card via email. While this may seem impersonal, you will be saving paper, stamps, and money – all while helping the environment. Not ready to get on the digital card trend just yet? You can also buy cards from “post-consumer” content which is a great alternative.

Give practical and reusable gifts
We’ve all seen the stocking stuffers that are just that, a stocking stuffer. People might keep the gift for a few days, but more often than not, they are thrown away soon after the holidays. Buy gifts that are practical and can be used over and over. Reusable water bottles are great stocking stuffers and can be used all day everyday! Even smart thermostats can make a great gift for someone that is wanting to cut down on energy bills while helping the environment.

Change the way you wrap gifts
There are many different ways to wrap gifts, however most of us opt for the roll of gift-wrap at Target. Why not get creative? Wrap gifts in items such as scarves, garden pots, or even baking pans and tins. All these items can be used after the holidays, which helps elminate excess waste. Not enough time to find a scarf or reusable tin? You can always reuse the Sunday newspaper.

Go battery FREE
About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Although reusable batteries are a great alternative to standard batteries, they’ll eventually end up in the trash. Look for gifts that don’t use batteries. Rechargeable and solar options are great ways to go green and battery free.

Don’t forget your reusable tote
After a long day of shopping, you may realize how many bags you have racked up. Not only bags, but also LONG receipts. This year, make sure you grab your reusable tote bag before you walk into the store. Forgot your tote? Some retailers have recycling bins for all the bags from your previous shopping trips.

Tip: Always opt for an emailed receipt to save paper. Not to mention, this is a great way to keep track of receipts if you need to return any gifts.

The environment doesn’t have to suffer during the holiday season. From alternative Christmas cards to reusable gift-wrap, little changes can make a big difference.