Christmas is a time for festive celebrations and merriment, but it can also be a time to reflect on the season. Christmas has its challenges: it’s expensive and stressful, many people struggle to afford gifts or decorations, and some find themselves in danger of spending too much on gifts that are out of their price range. However, there are ways you can make your holiday sustainable without compromising on joy! Here are 5 tips for creating a sustainable Christmas:
- 1. Reuse decorations
- 2. Support non-profits with your gifts
- 3. Make your own wrapping paper
- 4. Make ethical gift choices
- 5. Use sustainable packaging
- Christmas can be joyful and sustainable!
1. Reuse decorations
As the holidays approach and you’re looking for ways to save money, consider reusing your old Christmas decorations. You can often find these items at thrift stores or online auction sites—and if not, they’re likely sitting in a closet somewhere collecting dust!
Look outside of your home
Don’t just go out and buy new things that will inevitably be thrown away after this holiday season is over; instead, look around outside your house for reusable items that could be repurposed into something festive again next year: A bulletin board from last year’s tree (with some new ribbon) would make an excellent place for notes about upcoming family events, or even photos from past Christmases past—you never know when those might come in handy!
2. Support non-profits with your gifts
If you have the means, why not give to a charity that’s doing good work in your community? You can find organizations through social media, or by searching for charities on Google or Facebook. Look for ones that are based locally and match up with the needs of others in your area—for example, if there are plenty of food banks around but few toys or school supplies available at local stores, consider donating some holiday gifts to those who need them most!
If you want to support a specific cause (like animal welfare), make sure it’s one that’s close enough so they can distribute their services quickly and efficiently; otherwise it might be difficult for them not only reach eligible families but also keep up with demand as well!
3. Make your own wrapping paper
Making your own wrapping paper is a great way to save money, reduce waste and give the gift of time. You can use recycled or second-hand paper, upcycled fabric for each individual wrapping parcel and even pieces of cardboard that have been left over from packing materials.
If you’re going down the DIY route, look for inspiration online or ask friends if they have any old boxes lying around that would make lovely new wrapping parcels.
4. Make ethical gift choices
- Choose gifts that are made with sustainable materials.
- Choose gifts that are made by ethical companies.
- Choose gifts that are made by local companies, if possible.
- Avoid toys with too many plastic parts (like blind boxes) or dangerous chemicals like lead paint and phthalates in the rubber toy’s coating material; instead, look for natural materials such as cotton or hemp fibers in place of plastic and rubber—and consider giving your child something practical rather than just pretty (think: a toy car).
Personally, my favorite go-to store for ethical gift choices has always been Papemelroti. Not only are the items super pretty and crafty, they are also handmade by Filipino artisans using recycled paper. In fact, Papemelroti has a whole webpage on recycling programs. We even got our Nativity decor from their Christmas collection.
5. Use sustainable packaging
The first thing you should do is use sustainable packaging. This can be done in many ways, but the most environmentally friendly option is to reuse or recycle the packaging of your products. When you’re buying something new, ask if they will recycle it for you when it comes time to throw out the box or bag. If they don’t have a recycling program, ask them how they dispose of discarded materials from their manufacturing process—you may be surprised by what kinds of waste are created during production. Some companies even offer incentives for using reusable bags instead of plastic ones!
If there isn’t any room for reusing boxes or wrapping paper this Christmas season, consider using less packaging overall: instead of having one present wrapped in several pieces of paper and tape (which takes up so much space), just wrap each item individually with minimal wrapping material until all gifts are ready (or until someone asks why everyone else’s presents look so much nicer than yours).
Christmas can be joyful and sustainable!
You can have a joyful and sustainable Christmas!
- Reuse decorations from previous years. If you are like me, your house is covered in Christmas lights that haven’t been used since last year. Instead of throwing them away or selling them for pennies on the dollar, put them to good use by hanging up old stockings instead of buying new ones or using them as table decorations at dinner parties (my friends will love this idea).
- Support non-profits that have a positive impact on the environment through their work—and not just because they’re doing something good for people who need it most but because they also align with your values as an individual who cares about the planet we live on today!
It’s important to remember that Christmas has a long history in our culture. It was a time when families would gather together and celebrate the birth of Christ—and it continues to be this way today!
However, as we’ve discussed above, there are many ways we can make our celebrations more sustainable. By choosing gifts with less packaging and wrapping paper made from recycled materials and supporting organizations who work to feed hungry people around the world, we can ensure that both our wallets and the planet will be better off in years to come.