By Ciara Vincent
Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it’s time to break out your Christmas trees and menorahs now that the holidays are just around the corner (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year 😄). And while the holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, they're also a time of over consumption. Whether it’s through gift giving, decorations, or family meals, it’s important to stay conscious about what you really need. From disposing your tree properly, to making your own homemade decor, there are many ways to make your holiday decorations eco-friendly this year with little to no cost at all! We've rounded up some eco-friendly tips for you to deck the halls this holiday season without harming the planet we're so lucky to call home!
Your Christmas Tree
If you are celebrating Christmas this season and looking to buy a real evergreen Christmas tree, there are multiple eco-conscious ways to dispose of your tree once Christmas is over.
Make firewood out of your tree. Evergreen trees make great firewood due to the sap on the tree being flammable!
Turn your tree into wood chips. Many cities offer programs that allow you to recycle your tree and turn the wood into wood chips. Wood chips are perfect for composting and and commonly used in gardens and landscapes. For all you San Diegans, here’s a list of places that will recycle your tree for you!
Another way to stay sustainable this holiday season is by making your own decorations. #DIYKingAndQueens
Driftwood Tree - My mom loves doing DIY projects and when I visited her this past Thanksgiving, she had a new DIY to show me — she calls it her driftwood tree!
All you need is driftwood (she found hers at her local beach) and some beads to use as your ornaments.
Here's a video tutorial so you can try it out!
Zero-Waste Garland - All you need are oranges, an oven, and something to tie your oranges together.
Cut your oranges into thin slices (if you have a mandolin, you will save SO much time) and heat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook your oranges for 2.5 hours and take them out of the oven to cool. Once cool, you can tie your oranges together with rope or twine and you have a beautiful eco-friendly holiday decor. After the holiday season is over you can simply compost it! (Or keep them up; we think they're cute all-year long 😉)
Buying wrapping paper is soooo last decade!
Reuse reuse reuse - Reuse old wrapping paper and/or bags from past gifts for your gifts this year!
Repurpose - Get creative with it! Repurpose other items as your wrapping paper. Here’s some ideas we’ve done before:
1. Newspaper/magazine pages as wrapping paper
2. Reused fabric as gift wrap
Although this can be seen as the most wonderful time of year, it’s also a time overindulgence and wastefulness. As a conscious consumer, it's important to watch your consumption, especially during the holiday season. By doing your research (and reading this blog 😉), you are already one step further on your journey through conscious consumerism during the holidays!
Do you have an eco-friendly tip that we didn’t catch that the world needs to know about? Comment below or tell us on Instagram! @lum.a.terra
From Lum A Terra Media, we wish you a happy holiday season and an incredible 2020! ✨