It’s that time of year again when many of us will be running all over town shopping for that perfect Christmas gift for the special people in our lives. All that searching wastes time and gas and adds more pollution to the environment.If you are someone who’s concerned about your impact on the Earth you may be concerned about all the extra energy. pollution and waste your Christmas shopping trips are causing. With just a little bit of planning and the help of these ten easy to follow eco-friendly Christmas shopping tips you can save time, money, reduce your carbon footprint and still find the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones.
Top Ten Eco-Friendly Christmas Shopping Tips
1. Make A List
To avoid wasting gas and time running all over town looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones take some time at home to make a list of what you plan to get each person. before you go out shopping. Not only will doing so reduce the amount of exhaust produced by your car it will also save you money by helping you stick to your budget, avoid overspending and reduce impulse buying. In addition your loved one will receive a well thought out gift that fits their personality or needs instead of something that you grabbed in desperation because you didn’t want to come home empty handed from your Christmas shopping trip.
2. Shop Early
Doing your Christmas shopping early insures that you are able to find the items on your Christmas list. Many popular Christmas gifts sell out early and shoppers may have to visit several stores or even drive several miles out of town to find them. By shopping early eco-conscious consumers can reduce the amount of gas consumption and pollution caused driving all over in search of a sold out Christmas gift.
3. Shop Online
Shopping for Christmas gifts online is a great way to reduce carbon emissions produced while running around town buying Christmas presents making it an eco-friendly choice to reduce your holiday carbon footprint. Not only will you be helping the environment you will also be helping yourself save time by avoiding waiting in long lines at local stores. Another advantage of shopping online is that if you are buying a gift for loved ones who live far away you can have your gifts shipped directly instead of purchasing them and then having to go to the post office to ship them, wasting even more gas and producing more pollution.
4. Compare Prices
Before going out Christmas shopping compare prices on items that you have on your Christmas shopping list either using store advertisements or going online. Sites such as Shopzilla www.shopzilla.com allow consumers to compare in store prices on thousands of products from the comfort of their own home.
5. Shop Local Crafters
To reduce packaging waste and carbon emissions caused by product transportation to retail stores consider shopping local from crafts people in your community. You can find a variety of handmade jewelry, clothing,, decorative items and even toys for kids at local craft fairs, holiday boutiques and specialty shops. Not only will you be reducing waste and pollution you will also be supporting local businesses that put money back into the community. If you can’t find a source of homemade arts and crafts in your area you can find he same types of items on Etsy www.etsy.com.
6. Keep It All In One Place
Instead of driving from store to store when doing your Christmas shopping try and find a local mall or group of stores that carry all of the items on your list. Doing so will not only save you time it will also save you money on gas and reduce the amount of carbon emissions caused from driving your car to several different places around town.
7. Bring Your Own Bags
Reusable bags are not just for grocery shopping they can be used at any store you plan on making a purchase from. This Christmas to help reduce the amount of waste produced by plastic bags bring your own reusable bags when going out Christmas shopping. Don’t want to be hampered by having to carry several empty bags on your arm or concerned that the store may think you are trying to shoplift? No problem, many companies such as Chicobag www.chicobag.com are now making reusable shopping bags that fold up small enough to store in your purse.
8. Bring Some Company
Eco-conscious Christmas shoppers can reduce their impact on the environment and make their Christmas shopping trip more enjoyable by getting a couple of friends who also need to shop to carpool with them in order to get their Christmas shopping done at the same time. Shopping with friends can be fun and will give you someone to talk to while waiting in those long holiday lines. After the shopping is finished take time for lunch together to bring a nice end to the day.
9. Take A Walk
Instead of driving around and around the parking lot looking for a parking spot close to the door or waiting for someone to move their car eco conscious holiday shoppers should consider parking their car in the back of the lot and walking a little further. Doing so will reduce carbon emissions and help you keep healthy at the same time.
10. Keep It Eco-Friendly and Waste-Free
The last thing to remember when Christmas shopping is to keep it eco-friendly and waste-free. When out shopping look for environmentally friendly Christmas gifts made from sustainable or recycled materials and with little to no packaging whenever possible.