During the holiday season, many of us tend to go a little overboard when it comes to holiday celebrations. From overspending, buying needless things and cooking too much food, the holidays can be a little much and they can also have quite an impact on our environment. However, with these simple tips, you can have a greener and more socially conscious Christmas with just has much yuletide joy.
Be conscious of the food
It’s only natural to want a huge meal around Christmas time, leading to a large degree of regret come swimsuit season. But large meals also mean a lot of food wastage afterward and this kind of wastage can very easily be avoided. When you go food shopping, simply buy according to your immediate needs.
If you know it will just be you and one other person a whole turkey isn’t necessary. If you do buy more food than you can eat make sure you put your leftovers to good use. Leftovers can be saved for other meals, frozen for much later or even donated to a shelter or those in need. Also, when shopping for food be sure to buy local to support local farmers.
Get a real tree
It may seem counterproductive cutting down a tree to be more ecofriendly but compared to the alternative it is much better to have a real tree. You see having tree farms means that local businesses are supported and that actually living trees are grown which can help the environment, even if it’s just for a short while.
Also, unlike plastic trees, real trees are usually grown locally meaning that fewer resources will be wasted on their transportation. Plastic trees are usually made in Asia and the distance to foreign markets means a lot of wasted resources and a larger carbon footprint. Plus, these plastic trees often contain harmful chemicals that are not good for you or the environment.
Use solar and LED lights
Compared to traditional lighting, LED Christmas lights use significantly less power. That means that using LED lights can help you keep power costs down. For external lighting you can also get solar-powered LED lights that you can run for free, all it will cost is a little sunshine.
Not only are LED lights more energy-efficient, but they are also safer and brighter. So this Christmas save a little on your electricity costs with LED lights and solar power.