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During the holidays, we liven up our spaces with festive decorations. We prepare delicious meals for our friends and family and exchange lots of gifts. At the risk of sounding like mean old Mister Scrooge, all this merry-making can leave a big mess. Luckily the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created a handy cheat sheet for a more sustainable holiday.     

Give in a green way

Recycle your wrappings: If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields; use old newspapers magazines and reuse wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper and ribbon.

Give to people, not to landfills: Put some thought into what you give, so your gift .does not end up in a dumpster. When working through your gift-giving list, ask yourself these questions:

  • Would this person enjoy an experience rather than a material thing?
  • Is the key to their holiday heart really through their belly? Recipes in a jar are always a classic, but offering to making someone's favorite dish is never a gesture that goes unappreciated.
  • Do you possess a certain skill or talent that your gift recipient has always wanted to master? Gift them some lessons!

Decking the halls and decreasing your carbon footprint

Select string lights that save: Opt for LED lights, which are incredibly more energy-efficient than traditional string lights. Also look for ones with self-timers—so your lights turn themselves off, saving you energy and money!.

Trim a sustainable tree: When picking your tree, there's always the question of going artificial or au naturel. If a live tree is your thing, think about how it can be useful after the holidays. A potted evergreen can add a nice touch to your outside space after all the ornaments have been taken off. Or maybe you're into gardening, and will need some mulch come springtime—you've already got the basic materials! Here are some more ideas on how to recycle your tree.

If you're going artificial, be sure to consider what your potential tree is made of—some plastics can have negative health impacts. Also be sure to choose a tree you'll be willing to stick with for years to come (you know, that whole reducing waste thing again). If you want your tree to come pre-decorated with lights, make sure those lights are LEDs

Choose your candles carefully: Many contain paraffin, a petroleum-based ingredient that the EPA says can negatively affect your indoor air quality. Soy or beeswax candles don't contain paraffin, so look for those whenever possible. Also make sure your candle wicks are lead-free—many consumers don't realize how common lead actually is in candle wicks. 

Reuse, repurpose, upcycle: Show off your creative, crafty side by festooning your home with decorations made from recycled materials. Try newspaper snowflakes adding LED lights to old wine bottles for some chic sparkle.

Entertaining like an environmentalist

Wine and dine with less waste: Reusable plates and cutlery are a must for any gathering. If you need additional dishes, consider renting them. If you absolutely have to use disposable table settings, look for ones that are compostable or made of recycled content. Also, be sure you set up a recycling station for you guests.

Spread some cheer, share your leftovers: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the typical American wastes roughly 30 percent of the food they purchase. Plan carefully so you aren’t left with lots of food and send your guests home with some delicious leftovers. Give to homeless shelters or food banks in your area and if you live near one of these zoos, give those adorable animals some holiday cheer by sharing some select items from your festive feast!

 


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