Green Your Holidays

The joy and beauty of the holiday season often seem to come at the expense of Mother Earth. But the waste is not inevitable. There are plenty of ways to color your holidays green.

Bring sustainability to your celebrations
Green entertainingEntertain with less impact
Waste reductionPut holiday waste to use

Give in a greener spirit:
Giving less to give moreGive more with less
Mindfulness over matterPut mindfulness over matter
Green giftsChoose gifts that help the planet

Resolve to do even more good in 2013:
Ethical eatingEat more ethically
TeachingTeach your kids to want less stuff
RepairingRepair your things
InspirationFind inspiration from great environmental writers

Do you have ideas for greening the holidays? Please share them here.

Apropos the season, you might also be interested in exploring the question of whether environmentalism is a religion.

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7 Responses to Green Your Holidays

  1. Diane Young December 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Sadly, what is almost always missing in lists of how the live the “Green” life is the most important one of all. That is: have a small family and give to organizations like EngenderHealth and Planned Parenthood International that provide contraception to women around the globe. Withour such awareness of the connection between an ever growing population and ever degrading environment, it won’t matter how we live, all will be lost.

    • Sheryl December 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Diane, this list was just for the holidays — it’s not an all purpose green living list. I agree with you about the overpopulation problem — see my post at http://thisgreenblog.com/2011/11/lets-put-overpopulation-back-on-the-agenda.html — and the idea of supporting organizations that work on family planning (as well as the idea of limiting one’s own family’s size).

      Best, Sheryl

  2. Kandi & Dave December 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    As part of our business, roasting coffee beans…. we offer a “green” way of celebrating for your holiday meals or for gift giving! Our beans are organic, some are shade grown and all are grade one beans! Personally, we live a recycle, repurpose type of lifestyle as much as we can…. long before it was chic to do so. LOL

  3. Lottie Jenvey December 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I believe that environmentalism is MY religion. And it has been since I was a little girl (I’m now 86).

  4. chris tyler December 6, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Re gift giving at the holidays: we eliminated gift giving in favor of each person who wishes to provide some kind of entertainment. We gather together in the living room after brunch. Each year we offer a theme-last year was to recite a poem or joke….I did a limerick about each person.
    This year was to talk about rememberances of xmas traditions – esp. good since mom has memory issues. Some were funny, some were rueful, and all were a fun insight into our own personalities. One year I cut up into 4-line verses “Twas the Night Before Christmas” , mixed them up, handed them out, and asked players to recite them in order – funny. The musical ones among us bring some instruments and we sing some carols. This idea takes the pressure out of buying gifts, and gets us more into the meaning of family and the traditions of the holiday.

  5. alan rider December 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    We use the Sunday comics for wrapping paper at Christmas. It is very colorful under the tree and children who are excited about presents do not care about the paper, and, eco friendly adults appreciate it too.

  6. Camilla December 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Regarding wrapping paper,; our birdseed comes in 40 lb bags that are made of brown paper and have a beautiful picture of a cardinal on them. I cut pieces out (avoiding the stains from the oily sunflower seed) and wrap with it.