Our Top Five Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday Season!
1. Deck the Halls by Using Natural Decorations
Skip the plastic and glittery decorations and try using some all natural materials! Click HERE to check out some eco-friendly holiday decorations that will make your house look like a winter wonderland.
2. Make your own wrapping paper, use a reusable bag or go without it
Wrapping paper gets ripped off of gifts in seconds. Imagine all of the paper every year that ends up in a landfill, since most of the wrapping paper you will find in the store is not recyclable due to it's shiny coating. That's a lot of wrapping paper! This year, consider using newspaper or a reusable bag to wrap the gifts you have for loved ones.
3. Buy Energy-Saving Holiday Lights
LED bulbs are approximately 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs! Making this simple switch will save you energy and money on your electric bill.
4. Recycle Your Christmas Tree (or use it again!)
Oftentimes cities will collect trees a couple of weeks after the holidays. Some places will even shred trees to create mulch! Find out what is kind of tree-cycling programs are in your area to keep your tree out of the landfill! In addition, the Environmental Learning Center is now selling native living Christmas trees! Pre-order your tree today and re-use it again and again for the holidays! https://elc.donorshops.com/LivingChristmasTree
5. Make DIY Gifts or purchase eco-friendly, locally made gifts
There are so many different DIY holiday gifts you can make! Click HERE for some ideas. There's nothing like a homemade gift from a loved one- they are one of a kind and crafted with love! Check out the ELC's seashell-inspired table setting workshop.