Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. Because it’s one of the most celebrated, it’s earned the superlative “most wasteful time of the year”. But it doesn’t have to be! There are several eco-friendly Christmas options that can be implemented or exchanged to work to decrease the amount of waste we contribute to.
1. Disposable dinnerware
The easiest way to decrease the workload of Christmas (and other seasonal holidays) is to use disposable tableware.
I recently discovered (re: through another blogger) Brandless. Everything is $3, sans Brand Tax. They’ve got tree-free napkins, hot beverage cups with sleeves, sugarcane fiber plates and bowls, and disposable flatware—all biodegradable and compostable! Also: toilet paper and hand soap! Their Holiday Party Bundle comes in at $28.50, $2.50 less than what it would cost at full-price (10 items x $3 = $30).
(I’m not getting paid to talk about them, Brandless is just super cool and makes green-living stuff more affordable than I’d ever thought it could be! They’re basically a grocery/department store, but online, as they carry food and hygiene products, too. All is organic and eco-friendly.)
2. DIY ornaments and decor
I made my own ornament this year and decided I’d start making my own every year. If/When I get a tree, it’d be filled with ornaments I made, others gave me, or ones I super like (e.g. a How to Train Your Dragon Toothless ornament 😍). Bulk store-bought ornaments are made from cheap, fragile materials and packaged in airy containers that don’t exactly fit the requirements for quick and easy recycling.
Other cool alternatives to the typical Christmas decor: seed paper ornaments + coasters! After Christmas, you needn’t worry about storage—you can plant them in a spring garden! It makes a great activity for kids.~
3. Consider your Christmas tree
Real or fake? Real trees are more environmentally-friendly, because they can be replanted.
However, not everyone can handle real trees. 🙋 No completely eco-friendly artificial tree exists, but there are some greener options if it’s what you need (and/or want; pine trees are ugh, what with all their pine needles shedding!). The Soft Landing has some tips. :)
OR you can make your own tree! Now that I’ve seen it, I feel like a ladder tree or DIY Christmas tree of my own is calling me. 😂
4. Green up your wrapping
From Kraft paper (which is totally customizable with stamps, stickers and coloring) to newspaper, there are tons of eco-friendly gift wrapping options! Fabric and burlap are also an option; I’ve received stuff in colorful fabric-covered reusable cylinder “boxes” from my dad. Charlise made “goodie bags” using fabric way back when for decoration purposes.
If you’d rather buy paper ’cause you’re pressed for time or whatever, Wrappily has wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tags. The only consolation is that they use soy-based ink and newsprint, which results in the ink slightly rubbing off on your fingers. May not be suitable for peeps with soy allergies!
The possibilities are endless!
Do you integrate eco-friendliness into your Christmas celebrations? Share in the comments below!
P.S. Merry Christmas! 🎄
When I’m not an editor at Crunchy Family, I’m either fictioning out or perpetuating my tree hugger agenda. Kids remember me by my cat stories. I don’t know anything about reality television or sports (except soccer), but nothing tickles my fancy like CW TV and Shondaland.