Something shifts in the air when December arrives and holiday decorations frenzy is embraced by millions around the world. Heavily-weighted branches, blinking lights and tons of tinsel are favorites. Sadly, this seasonal bling carries a massive environmental price. The season’s packaging, transport and waste has a large impact. Here’s 6 eco-friendly ways to decorate for Christmas.
Before glass balls came along early decorations tended to use what was at hand: apples, wool, cotton, thread, gilded walnuts and even home-baked cookies.
When we celebrate Christmas we buy and decorate the tree, buy presents and write cards. This has turned Christmas into the planet’s least environmentally friendly holiday. We stroll to the mall in search of gifts, many of them imported and transported, packaged in plastic or styrofoam. Than we buy wrapping paper, Christmas cards and plenty of ornaments.
BBC News says Britons throw out more than 125,000 tons of plastic packaging and 4,200 tons of foil during Christmas, generating an extra 3 million tons of waste during the holiday season. All this waste ends up in landfills, generating methane emissions that send harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Christmas is however a time of romance, magic and a doorway to a fairyland. Something we embrace despite its environmental price tag. We can make a difference at this season too and reduce our carbon footprint around Christmas. Here’s what we can do to green our holidays:
Remember: Anything manufactured will have cost money and has used up valuable natural resources during processing and shipping.
So choose your decorations and gifts carefully and be sure not to waste your money on garbage.
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The term upcycling - repurposing has become very trendy nowadays amongst people wishing to live a more sustainable lifestyle. So what exactly is it?
To be perfectly honest, it is a lifestyle, which was the norm before the industrial revolution’s consumerism driven global expansion spread, and plastic started to seep into our households, not only in the form of packaging but also household items.
The success of us as individuals, society, and businesses as a whole has been sadly linked with mass consumption. We are often persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need. Today, we are facing challenging circumstances where we need to adapt quickly. We have to change the way we do things. Instead of returning to business as usual as soon as possible, we should challenge us to reduce our consumption and adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle for the future. Out of crisis comes creativity and our well-being depends not on being consumers but on being part of a community and helping each other.
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