From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, American’s throw away 25% more trash (25 millions tons of garbage) than any other time of the year. Australians use 150,000 kilometres of wrapping paper–enough to wrap the world in paper almost 4x.
It’s time to make new holiday traditions that are rooted in comfort for all. To combat waste this holiday, we’ve compiled our favorite crafty ways to celebrate sustainably.
Sustainable holiday decorations
1. Sustainable alternatives to Christmas trees
In 2017, American’s discarded 15 million Christmas trees which requires 19.7 square miles of land—the equivalent to covering 86% of Manhattan. It’s time to find an alternative to Christmas trees in hopes of reducing holiday waste. Try ditching the tree and decorating your house plants with twinkly lights. Drape your fiddle fig, snake plant or succulents in last year’s christmas lights and watch your home transform into a cozy holiday oasis. If the tree is one tradition you can’t budge on, check out these resourceful tips to recycle your tree sustainably.
2. DIY sustainable ornaments
Try turning food into holiday ornaments. They smell great when you make them, and you can eat the leftovers. We’re loving this easy guide for making dried citrus ornaments.
Sustainable gift ideas
3. Give the gift of reducing your carbon footprint
Instead of buying physical gifts for family or friends, consider offsetting their carbon footprint. Carbonfund.org provides options,which range from annual offset for a couple to air travel to average water usage for a family of four. Your contribution will directly support projects related to energy efficiency, forestry and renewable energy.
4. Vegan gift ideas
Did you know that a plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet? Encourage a vegan-friendly lifestyle with the Almond Cow Starter Set which turns any nut, seed or grain into homemade plant-based milk in moments.
5. Give the gift of sweet dreams
If you’re giving a gift, do so consciously and look for sustainable materials and brands that give back. Our new holiday bundles are made from 100% organic bamboo, making them gentle on your skin and our planet. We pack our products in drawstring bags that are made from our excess fabric cut-offs. And every bedding purchase gives back 1% For the Planet. Shop our best selling bundles.
Sustainable gift wrapping
Annually, American’s discard 38,000 miles of ribbon each holiday season. That is enough to wrap around the planet, plus some extra for a bow. Swap out seasonal gift wrapping for repurposed wrapping paper made from items around your house.
6. Furoshiki wrapping
Patterned scarves, tea towels & old sheets that you no longer use can be turned into a funky alternative! This is common in Japan where furoshiki (風呂敷) are used. Furoshiki are high quality wrapping cloths, and are often used to wrap gifts or transport small packages.
7. Green wrapping paper
The best gift wrapping ideas don’t require a trip to the store. Repurpose an old map, the style section of the New York Times, or a grocery brown bag into eco-friendly gift wrapping. Want to add a special touch? Wrap your gift with a hemp string.
Need more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board here.