SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente
It’s that time of year when many of us will haul out our holiday decorations, purchase gifts, throw holiday parties and gather family and friends around for feasts that celebrate the harvest and bounty from the year’s activities.
Whether it’s in the form of gift-giving, sharing a festive meal, decorating or travel, there are many ways to celebrate the season that don’t create unnecessary waste.
Here are some suggestions for having a happy holiday season, while keeping your environmental footprint to a minimum. We’d like to thank the Green Team from the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center for sparking these great ideas.
There are many eco-friendly alternatives to holiday decorations and rituals. Consider these greener approaches:
Holiday trees are a festive way to add a touch of nature to your decor and honor the traditions of this time of year. The question of whether a real tree or an artificial tree is best for the environment can be a complex one. When making a decision about what kind of holiday tree to get for your household, keep these thoughts in mind:
Reflect, and consider what the holidays mean to you. Take a pause before each holiday purchase. Gifts can be given in many forms:
Did you know that shiny or glittery wrapping paper is not recyclable because of the ink and chemicals used to process it? Create beautiful gift wrap that is recyclable or reusable:
This year, give yourself the gift of good health. You can enjoy the treats of the season while still keeping your health goals on track:
Whether you’re headed over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house, or to a beach along the coast, look for ways to reduce your use of fossil fuels and make your trip stress-free.
No matter what you do this holiday season, you can celebrate it and protect the environment. May it be a season of joy, warmth and total health spent in the company of family, friends and loved ones.
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