This video was made in partnership with Greenvelope.
It’s December! Here are some tips and ideas of things you can do to make the holidays a little greener:
- Give gifts you know will get used instead of random stuff. Experiences, consumables, your time, charity donations, and digital gifts (subscriptions, games, e-books, music, etc.) all make great gifts without waste.
- Avoid glossy wrapping paper and wrap gifts with recycled or upcycled materials, or things that can be reused.
- Send digital cards and invitations which saves paper (and often plastic) as well as shipping and trash. Greenvelope offers beautiful, paper-like designs and useful features.
Ask for conscious gifts
- Ask for things you know you’ll use, support sustainable and ethical brands, or ask for donations to an organization or charity you support.
Use natural or secondhand decorations
- There are lots of easy and beautiful DIY’s using natural materials, these are a few of my favourite inspirations (click through for source)
and check out my Green Christmas board on Pinterest for more inspiration :)
This year my DIY decorations included (click links for tutorials- some are in different languages so use google translate):
- dried orange slices
- paper snowflakes, or a snowflake garland
- salt dough ornaments (you can also make cinnamon dough or baking soda and cornstarch dough ornaments)
- clove oranges
- using branches, cinnamon sticks, nuts, cranberries, rosemary, and jars or other containers for arrangements
Host greener parties and dinners
- Use regular dishes instead of disposable ones
- Serve local, seasonal, and/or organic food and drinks
- Try to reduce meat and animal products, for ideas check out Jamie Oliver’s Vegetarian Christmas Recipes, 126 Vegan Christmas Recipes from the Minimalist Baker, Food Network’s 62 Vegetarian Christmas Recipes, and Hot for Food’s Vegan Holiday Recipes.
And instead of buying a new party outfit, shop your closet or get one secondhand!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! xx