Here are some ideas on how to make your holidays more eco-friendly:
Most everyone has heard about the value and importance of being "green." Yet Christmas, one of the biggest holidays for retail, still generates unnecessary trash, uses precious resources, and creates quite a large footprint. It is not difficult to find ways to celebrate a green Christmas, but just requires a bit of creativity.
The most important thing to consider when planning an environmentally friendly Christmas is priorities. Visiting out-of-town friends and family is important but it creates a large carbon footprint due to out-of-town travel. You could try to find other ways to cut back on your impact, by exchanging eco friendly Christmas gifts or using green Christmas trees. Consider a living Christmas tree, which remains alive through the season (don't forget to water it!), and it can be picked up after New Year's Day to be composted.
Green Christmas cards, recycled wrapping paper and reusable bags are great options for a Green Christmas. Consider re-using paper already in your house, rather than buying new wrapping paper, a waste of both paper and the plastic it is wrapped in. Make your own cards with supplies at home, or buy cards made of recycled paper. Use your creativity to make presents for loved ones or buy Vida Green bath and body care products! There are a plethora of DIY ideas -- try searching the Internet and Pinterest for simple crafts, bake a batch of homemade Vegan cookies or bread, or start seedlings for an indoor house plant. Browse thrift stores, used bookstores, local small businesses or consignment stores for treasures. People usually appreciate homemade Christmas gifts much more than mass produced ones, and the planet will appreciate your consideration as well.
Green Christmas decorations can be homemade, or reused. Use LED Christmas lights to save energy. Celebrating a Green Christmas is well worth the extra effort and thought, and will save you some cash as well. Happy Holidays!