The holidays are finally upon us and that means shopping for Christmas gifts, getting together with family and friends and celebrating the season in style. Christmas time! It’s also means that we are in the middle of one of the least eco-friendly times of the year. With all of the packages being delivered, the excessive amounts of wrapping paper, bows and holiday cars, driving from store to store trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, the holidays can get out of hand rather quickly.

To avoid that happening this year, why not start a new family tradition of going green for the holidays. Having an eco-friendly Christmas is easier than you think with some helpful tips and tricks. If you are ready to start a new holiday tradition this Christmas, keep reading to see how!

How To Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas

Wrapping And Decorations- decorating our homes for the holidays and wrapping countless amounts of presents creates a lot of waste. Most of our decorations and holiday wrapping paper doesn’t get recycled and it doesn’t biodegrade as quickly as we would like. Instead of using traditional wrapping paper and decorations, look for holiday decorations that are made of recycled materials and be sure to recycle it when the holidays are over. This is a good way to teach your children about recycling and they can pitch in and be part of the process. Children can even make their own holiday decorations which can cut down on paper and plastic waste as well.

Keeping Warm- the holidays bring along some of the coldest weather of the season and this usually means turning the heat up to keep the house cozy and warm. Not only is this bad for your wallet, it is also bad for the environment. We often turn the heat up much higher than we need to and that can result in a lot of wasted energy.

Instead of turning up the heat, why not add some additional layers to your clothing or add some blankets and throws in the most used rooms of the house. Keeping warm in the most eco-friendly way possible is easy and can save you a lot of energy on home heating costs while making our planet healthier. You can include the children in your quest to save energy by having them go on an ‘adventure’ throughout the house to find drafts and shut off any unused lights or electric heaters.

Gifts- gifts are an important part of many family’s Christmas tradition, but excessive consumerism isn’t good for the environment. Some ways that you can keep your holiday tradition and still be eco-friendly is to purchase less gifts and shop retailers that offer eco-friendly products or that choose eco-friendly business practices.

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To learn more ways to have an eco-friendly Christmas with the whole family, contact Happy Journeys Nursery today!

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