As society becomes more and more environmentally aware, there are many evolving ways to have aspects of your life be environmentally friendly. Take the holidays, for example. The holidays are a time of excess spending, excess garbage and excess energy usage. For those looking to enjoy their holiday season without overspending and overusing, there are ways to “green” your holidays. Not only can you find yourself saving energy and doing right by the environment, but you can save money as well.
One popular habit when it comes to buying holiday decorations is going to thrift shops. Why not buy gently used decorations at a low price? You can save money and adorn your home with decorations you might not see anywhere else. If you store the decorations away after the holidays are over, you’ll save even more. You won’t have to spend the money to buy more decorations, and you won’t have to spend the money on gas or bus fare to get those items. You also won’t have to spend time perusing the internet for decorating ideas, or going from store to store to buy new items.
How about reusing random items as decorations? Wrapping paper doesn’t always go fully used every year, so why not use old boxes as gift boxes and make collages to decorate them instead? If you’re buying someone books, you can peruse through old magazines, and cut out pictures that allude to the books you bought, which can only make the gift more memorable. You can also take those same boxes and spray paint them, filling them with pine cones, artificial fruits, ornaments, or branches of evergreen and berries. Peruse through old photo albums and hang up pictures of holidays past, creating a nice mural of holiday memories.
There are websites that offer holiday decorations made of recycled materials. Take the three herb organic wreath offered by Eco Express- it’s a handmade wreath made up of organic fresh rosemary, thyme and bay leaves that can be reused in recipes for up to a year after serving as a holiday decoration. Bambeco sells a Soho Vase Collection made from recycled glass at less than $40 for each vase. Of course, there are plenty of places to buy energy-saving holiday lights, such as the large variety of lights up for sale at HolidayLeds.com.
The holidays don’t have to be about excess; they’re meant to be a pleasant time filled with family and friends.
Especially in today’s economy, people want to enjoy the holidays without spending too much. They also want to do so in a way that’s good for the environment, and there are fortunately multitudes of ways they can do so. And with the many ways that people can decorate their homes without having to buy too much, the holidays can be easier on their wallet too.
Eco Artware Staff, “Earth-Friendly Holiday Tips”, Eco-Artware.com
Eco Fabulous Staff, “Green Holiday Decorations”, EcoFabulous.com