With the holidays right around the corner, many people are already starting to think about how they are going to decorate their house. Well, instead of going out and buying decorations that you’re just going to wind up throwing out, use eco-friendly decorations instead. Here is a list of ten ways to make your holidays eco-friendly.
1. Christmas Trees
The focal point of any Christmas celebration is always the Christmas tree. But chopping down trees to be thrown out a week later is not good for the environment. Instead of buying a precut Christmas tree, buy one that is potted instead. Then after the holidays are over, you can plant it in your backyard.
You can make your own ornaments out of recycled paper or leftover fabric. Not only will you have eco-friendly Christmas tree ornaments, you will also have a good time making them with your children.
3. Eco-friendly tinsel
Instead of using the tinsel that is commonly found in the stores these days, you can buy tinsel that will last you more than one year. Victorian Christmas Tree Tinsel is made out of real tin and can be used time and time again.
4. Pine cone Ornaments
Collect pine cones from your back yard and have your kids paint them, or roll them in glue and throw glitter on them. Then attach a ribbon to use it as an ornament to hang on your tree.
5. Hand print Christmas Tree
Use a bunch of recycled paper and color or paint it green. Trace your family’s hand prints on the paper and cut them out. Then use the hand prints to make a Christmas tree shape on your wall.
String popcorn and cranberries for beautiful homemade garlands to put on your Christmas tree.
7. Use fruits and flowers for decorations
In order to decorate your table for Christmas, use fruits such as apples in greens and reds, and red flowers. This will give your table a sophisticated look that you wouldn’t be able to achieve if you bought your decorations in stores.
8. Cardboard Gingerbread Ornaments
Use recycled cardboard and cookie cutters to cut out different shapes. Then use white paint to make them look like gingerbread. Use recycled ribbon to hang them on the tree as Christmas tree ornaments.
9. Use evergreen branches to make wreaths
When pruning any evergreen trees that you have in your backyard, collect the clippings and save them. When you get enough use ribbon and glue to form a wreath for your door.
10. Use LED lights
Go out and buy LED Christmas lights which use about 98% less energy than regular Christmas lights.
All of these tips will make your holidays eco-friendly and merry at the same time. But, using just one of these tips will definitely help the environment out.