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Help save the earth with these tips for a greener holiday with these 5 ways to make your holiday more sustainable. From conserving energy to recycling to eating more veggies, you can make a difference by making a few small changes in your life and encouraging others to incorporate sustainable practices into their lives during the Christmas season too.
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Everywhere I look, the world is turning red and green for the holidays.
This time of year is magical, yes, but we also need to go (or stay) green at the holidays. This can be a time for great neglect for the earth, and it’s more important than ever to be thoughtful and kind to our planet.
Going green at the holidays is easier than you’d think. I’m teaming up with MorningStar Farms to talk about incorporating sustainable practices into your celebrations.
Click through for 5 ways to make your holiday more sustainable.
1. Turn off your lights when you’re not using them.
Sure, holiday lights are beautiful, but there’s no need to keep them on all the time, or even in the daylight. Put them on timers so they go off automatically even when you’re not home.
2. Reuse materials for gift wrapping.
Pretty gift wrap is always lovely, but you can make gorgeous gifts with stuff you already have. Brown paper bags, newspapers and magazines make great wrapping paper. Decorate it with cute rubber stamps or a permanent marker.
Hang onto gift bags, tissue paper, bows and ribbons from gifts you receive. You can even remove wrappings carefully so you can use them next year.
3. Recycle gift wrappings.
I always wince at the sight of crumpled up gift wrap in a big trash bag, all ready for the trash and not the recycling. Avoid this as you unwrap gifts at celebrations and sort waste into piles.
Save any reusable ribbons or bows for wrapping other gifts. Salvage any bags, wrapping paper and tissue paper to store for use in future wrapped gifts. Wrapping paper can be rolled onto other wrapping paper rolls, and tissue paper can be flattened and folded. Gift bags can be rescued for another year or recycled.
All other paper goods — cards, envelopes, tags, bags, tissue and wrapping paper — should go in the recycling bin, not the trash. Or, use them to make this DIY Recycled Confetti!
4. Use reusable party supplies.
Sure, cleaning up can be a pain after a party, so it’s easy to see why paper or plastic party supplies would be useful for a party.
But, all of that disposable stuff is likely to end up in a landfill. Instead, use your own or rent actual dishes, glassware, cutlery and cloth napkins. Plus, all of that will give your event a little more polish.
If you must, opt for biodegradable items like compostable plates and cups or wooden cutlery. And then actually compost them — don’t throw them away.
5. Eat more veggies, less meat.
Seriously, eating meat can impact the environment. There are varying opinions on the subject, but according to this piece from The Washington Post, the meat industry requires a ton of greenhouse gases for production, transportation and marketing.
While they’re known for their vegetarian and vegan-friendly food options, new MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls are a great way to incorporate more veggies into your diet. The holidays are busy, and these veggie bowls are an as-is meal solution you can pop into the microwave for a quick, healthier meal.
MorningStar Farms Veggie Bowls are available at Jewel or Walmart and can help you to incorporate more veggies into your life.