10 Green Eco Christmas Tips

10 green eco christmas tips 10 Green Eco Christmas Tips

10 Green Eco Christmas Tips

Is Santa a good role model when it comes to being eco friendly? Apart from the eco slay which only uses 12 reindeers to power up, I see Santa as being a big contributor to our Christmas eco crisis.

The reindeers (especially Rudolf) emits a fair share of carbon dioxide after every meal, countless trees are sacrificed for all the wrapping paper used for presents, and the toy factories in the North Pole must be emitting way too much carbon and melting the polar ice caps.

And I’ll probably be making a call to the RSPCA (Animal Rescue) to report Santa’s abuse to animals. Getting those reindeers to travel around the world in one day must be a torture for them.

Santa, here are a few Eco Christmas tips you may want to consider:


 

1. Christmas Trees

For those that celebrate Christmas, what’s a home without a Christmas tree. Now when selecting a tree, stay away from the artificially made trees which consume significant energy and petroleum-based materials during their manufacture. Instead, go with the real thing. Today nearly all of the trees sold at seasonal Christmas-tree lots are grown on tree farms. So forests aren’t hurt by choosing a cut tree.

2. Recycle

Recycle unwanted presents – Give it to charity and save some karma

Recycle Christmas Cards – You know which bin is the recycled one

Recycle Christmas Tree – Recycling fresh trees after Christmas can make a huge difference in reducing holiday waste. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, trees can be ground into wood chips

3. Christmas Cards

Talking about Christmas cards it is estimated that over 1.2 billion Christmas cards (200,000 trees) are circulated around Australia every Christmas and 1 million of these are thrown away into landfill. Hop on the computer and send an e-card instead (zero cost)

4. Get second hand lights and ornaments for decorations

Why buy them new when you can get them at bargain prices. Save money and save the environment

5. Lighting

When selecting your lighting, use LED lights which are 90% more efficient than traditional Christmas lights. Remember to conserve energy by leaving the lighting on for only a minimal period during the night time. And for god sake, turn the lights OFF during the daytime (no one will even know it’s on)

6. Wrapping Paper

It might look pretty sitting under the tree, but once it’s torn off and cast aside, it becomes rubbish. Try using newspaper or a reusable gift bag instead. Even better is carefully unwrapping your gift and saving the wrapping paper again for the following year.

7. Christmas Candles

Stay away from burning paraffin candles. Use 100% Beeswax or soy candles instead. They are organic, non-toxic and purify the air with their natural aroma.

8. Organic food

Head on down to your local farmers market or to your organic food store and invest in some quality fresh food without the toxic chemicals and heavily sprayed pesticides

9. Christmas Party

I know I’m guilty of using disposable plastic cups, plates and utensils when hosting a party to save myself time and energy from all the washing. But if you can, get out the china and tupperware and save the planet. If you absolutely want to use disposable utensils, to avoid doing the dishes, then be sure to purchase biodegradable disposable utensils made of bamboo!

10. Get in touch with your inner self

Presents, trees, lights, Santa………..these are all artificial objects to help commercialize Christmas to push consumers to spend.

With the state of the world economy, I guess its good for Santa to be paying us a visit. But lets not forget the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ (which by the way is not on the 25th of December. Scholars believe it happened on March 29th)

For all those Christians, lets get in touch with God and find peace of mind within our soul.

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