The holidays bring joy to many, but can also take their toll on the environment. Here are some great ways to keep the season bright and green at the same time.
1. Choose memories over objects
The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family after a busy year. Remember that meaningful experiences create lasting memories. Enjoying a nature walk, cooking a delicious dinner using locally-sourced ingredients, or taking in a concert at a local venue are just a few ways to share time together.
2. Use eco-conscious gift wrap
Why spend a ton of green on paper that will end up in a landfill when with a little creativity, you can wrap your presents beautifully with things you already have? Newspapers, magazines or catalogues create a unique and colourful look. Find fun ways to wrap your present in itself, like wrapping mittens in a scarf, or a cookbook in a dishtowel.
3. Purchase presents that help the planet
When choosing the perfect gift, think of whether it will be used or not, and the long-term impact it will have on the environment. For the person who has everything, consider making a donation to a cause that’s meaningful to them or give your time in a way that helps that person the most.
4. Send e-cards, or reuse last year’s cards
Although many people have sent out their holiday cards, for those of you who still need to make it to the post office, consider e-cards. You can find many free options online, and most are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the recipient. Plus, they’re guaranteed to arrive before the big day. If you’re a snail mail fan, you can find secondhand cards, or just use ones from previous years!
5. Decorate with the environment in mind
Consider purchasing a potted tree to put your presents under that can be planted outside in the spring. Choose LED or solar panel lights and keep them on a timer. Make a tradition out of your ornaments in place of buying new ones or get creative and reuse items from around your home.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation would like to wish you and yours a green and wonderful holiday season!