It's the time of the year when our heart keeps racing up & down to celebrate all the festivities. It is indeed fair to get excited about Christmas and new year for the joy, love and hope it brings. But, what is not okay is not paying heed to the situation around us. Luckily, we have survived the world-changing pandemic and are here to welcome the new year gladly. But let us not forget the adversities to climate because of human behavior. Every year we cut so many Christmas trees to decorate them in our houses and throw them away as they die. Similarly, holiday lighting, paper wastage because of cards and gifts and many other practices pose consequences to the environment. And it is high time to address climate change and plan a sustainable Christmas as we know a positive change can help our earth recover.
Tips to Celebrate A Sustainable Christmas
How about this Christmas you don't buy anything fancy and expensive but recreate something unique from recycled waste? I know it sounds crazy, but there are many fascinating things to experiment with. Some examples are bags from recycled plastics, cotton socks, jars, handmade jewelry, crochet-made toys, and so many more. Give your imagination a go, and you will be thrilled at what you innovate. You can also check some recycling companies in your locality. Such gifts will always be different from other gifts as they will be unique in their own ways.
We all love to deck up our homes with luminous lightings and décor pieces. This Christmas, let's go green by finding alternative stuff that lights up our spaces without consuming too much power and electricity. Substitute the traditional incandescent lights with LED lights. Use plastic-free decorations. You can handmade a few colorful paper wall hangings, glass bottle lightings, soy candles, brass or wood showpieces, etc. Look up the internet for great ideas to recreate green Christmas and head towards sustainable development from this year.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards
This one's tricky as we know cards are made from paper, and papers are eco-friendly. However, there is still wastage after we gift them as there is no practical use of it after a point. So, why not indulge in some creativity while you plan that gift card? Plantable Cards and carrot seed cards are brilliant examples of sustainable cards. You can spark them up by decorating with eco glitters and designing with shredded newspapers. So, will you give it a go this Christmas and while you are at it, do not miss looking up the best option, e-cards! After all, cards are meant to send your good wishes to loved ones, and e-cards serve that purpose amazingly. There are many templates online that let you design for free.
Minimize Food Wastage
It is challenging to keep a check on food wastage when it's Christmas, and you have guests over at your home. Every guest has a different preference, and some dishes may stay left out on the table or the plates. Why waste food that can fill someone's stomach? Many food waste apps connect you to localities that serve people in need. There are waste refrigerators installed at many places where if you put in extra food, people in need get access to it for free. Connect to them and share the extra. By making a difference, you could make a difference to people around you.
Pounds and pounds of turkey and chicken, pigs in blanket, pies, pastries, and so many leftovers is the scene post-Christmas at almost every household. You can cook smart and follow recipes to re-cook leftovers in a delicious manner. Note how many guests you will have over and cook accordingly. Share the excess food right after Christmas dinner or freeze them properly to consume the next day. This way, you will ensure fun and creativity while ensuring a sustainable Christmas.
Say No to Make Believe Plastic Trees
A sustainable Christmas calls for a complete ban on plastics since the idea is to utilize reusable and recyclable stuff. Hence get a live tree if you want to deck up your beautiful home and nurture it in the backyard post-Christmas celebration. In fact, plant trees as an initiative to a green future this Christmas. This way, you will be inspiring younger generations to follow in your footsteps.
Change the Trend
Who said that Christmas is all about stuffing your stomachs and fake decorations when all you want is joy and celebration? Not that I am against the idea of family get-togethers or eating delicacies, but all I am saying is how about venturing to a unique concept this Christmas? Take your family on a peaceful hike or help them connect with nature by playing fun games. For example: planting trees, feeding birds, visiting animal shelters etc., teach a lot about caring and giving back. That's what Christmas is all about, right? Caring for the less fortunate ones!
Wrap up your gifts with paper or recycled cardboard to ensure a sustainable Christmas. You can look up online and create a fancy plant-based wrapping sheet too. Being mindful when you receive gifts could save the sheets for re-use. Alternatively, fabric wraps are also very effective as you can recycle easily.
Think of the energy wastage when you order gifts and other products online. Firstly, it travels from far and employs many resources to reach its destination; secondly, the flattering package also adds to the unnecessary wastage. So reduce your digital carbon footprint, shop local and boost indigenous products. You can also twist your Christmas recipe ideas by using fresh homegrown food or getting it from local farmers.
Introspect This Christmas
Festivals are fun times that rejuvenate us and help us make lovely memories with our families and friends. But being thoughtful of how we celebrate them makes us better people and revives our Earth. Introspection allows us to contribute to our present and the future of the young generation. So, this season pledge to celebrate a sustainable Christmas by being mindful of how you do it. Because your awareness and attitude could cost nothing or everything to your environment!
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