Green Holiday Tips

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the average American household throws away up to 25 percent more trash than during the rest of the year. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your contribution down this holiday season.

The Tree

The average Christmas tree takes up to ten years to fully mature. It basically spends a decade growing in order to serve a one-month-long purpose before being tossed on the curb for collection. Potted plants are a less wasteful alternative to cutting down full grown trees and can look just as pretty covered in decorations. Plastic trees are even a more energy efficient alternative to using real live trees. Appearing identical to the real thing, they reduce waste and water usage.

Decorations

There are thousands of ways to create homemade decorations, which conserve energy just by saving gas. Strings of popcorn and dried fruit are great alternatives to tinsel that can be used both indoors and outside. Painted pine-cones and old light bulbs are also energy friendly alternatives to store bought ornaments. Outside of your home, edible ornaments can be used as a way to feed wildlife and give back to your environment. Apples slices that have been covered with layers of peanut butter and birdseed are a great example of this.

Lights

Conventional Christmas lights use up to 90 percent more energy than the LED alternative strings available. Even the White House is going green this year with LED lights. These bulbs give off very little heat compared to regular bulbs and also have a much longer lifespan. The best part, however, when one LED bulb goes out, the rest stay on.

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