Dreaming of a Green Christmas: An Earth-Friendly Holiday Season

Nine healthy, eco-friendly choices you can make this holiday season. Your family, and the planet, will thank you!

1) Try wrapping presents with recycled paper or choose boxes and cloth gift bags, which can be used again for years to come. Recycled wrapping paper is now available at many stores. A few of our favorites include Greenfield Paper Company and Fish Lips Design. For cloth gift bags, Laura’s favorite, try Lucky Crow or Viva Terra’s Silk Wraps.

2) Sweets are often a big part of the holidays when you have children (and even if you don’t!), but the good news is healthier options are available. For organic candy and sweets with no artificial colors or dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or hydrogenated oils, visit The Natural Candy Store. They even have baking decorations for cookies such as natural food coloring for frosting and sprinkles. You may also want to check out the Daily Green for their favorite selection of great cookie recipes from classic sugar cookies to gluten-free gingerbread men!

3) Set an earth-friendly holiday table by using recycled glass stemware and plates, serving organic, local food and decorating with nature. For tips and pictures click here to read our recent blog An Earth-Friendly Thanksgiving.

4) Make your own holidays cards from materials you have at home or buy cards made from recycled paper. For places to buy recycled cards check out Greenopolis.

5) Give green gifts. Consider giving someone a gift certificate for a homemade meal or holiday cookies, babysitting hours, or cleaning out the garage! Or check out Tree Huggers Green Gift Guide.

6) Many holiday traditions include lighting candles, so consider natural candles made from soy or beeswax. Check out these lovely Christmas and Hanukkah  candles from Big Dipper Wax Works.

7) Save electricity by using LED Christmas lights and turning off lights during the day.

8 ) Consider your tree. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the “greenest” trees, but real Christmas trees seem to be better for the environment, especially if you buy your tree from a local farm. They are also often the healthier choice as fake trees can be made from PVC which can off-gas unhealthy fumes. You may also consider a living, planted tree, which you can now rent! For more information about trees visit the Daily Green.

9) Recycle your tree. If you buy a real tree, then recycle it when the holidays are over. For more information visit Earth911.com, our favorite site about all things recyclable.

What earth-friendly holiday tips do you suggest?

If you liked this blog, you may also like:
Holiday Giving Traditions
An Earth-Friendly Thanksgiving
The Simplest Way to Go Green
A Dozen Must-Have’s for a Healthier Home
Celebrating With Sweets: The Winter Holidays Edition

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