Making the switch to more sustainable products can seem tricky at first. Where do you even start? Swapping out harmful household cleaners, choosing organic produce, and even replacing items your makeup bag are just a few small ways to green your routine that can make a big impact. While there are countless ways to go green throughout the year, there are even more opportunities that you may not know of during the holiday season.
From choosing LED lights in your Christmas décor to bringing reusable bags with you when you shop, I’ve created a list of five easy ways to challenge yourself to go green this holiday season. I’m personally taking the leap and I hope you’ll join me! Read on to see how I’ll be going green this time of year…
1. Bring Your Own Bag
Shopping for gifts during the holiday season can rack up a pile of unused shopping bags and receipts. While I usually opt to recycle my shopping bags, why not cut out the middle man altogether and bring your own reusable ones? Blue Avocado’s (eco) hip pod is the perfect reusable messenger bag to carry all of your items and it easily collapses to fit into your purse. When possible, choose to email yourself receipts instead of printing them out as well.
2. Reusable Wrapping Paper
And I don’t mean carefully folding up wrapping paper you’ve already used. Instead of purchasing rolls of new wrapping paper it’s fun to find items around your house that can serve the same purpose. Think old road maps, newspaper, or even fabric. There are plenty of ways to get creative when it comes to wrapping presents that are eco-friendly and easy to recycle.
3. Love Your Leftovers
Big, festive meals are synonymous with the holiday season. Between family gatherings and potlucks with your coworkers, there are enough leftovers to last you through the winter. Oftentimes I find myself tossing my leftovers into a plastic gallon bag, which is a no-no if you’re trying to be more eco-friendly. Blue Avocado’s (re)zip seal gallon bags are a freezer-safe alternative to store your leftovers. Did I mention that they’re leak proof and easy to clean and reuse? Because they are!
4. Deck The Halls…
…With energy efficient lights that is! LEDs us less energy than traditional string lights, and are also much safer. Not only will you be saving money on your next electricity bill, but they can last up to 10 times longer than the alternative. For optimum energy saving, plug your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights into a timer.
5. Green Eating
It may sound obvious, but choosing to eat local and organic food is a great way to go green during the holiday season. The next time you’re planning the menu for a holiday get-together, pay a visit to your local farmer’s market or organic grocery store. Most stores are stocked with local produce, so be sure to fill your Blue Avocado convertible market tote with all things fresh and delicious. This tote is water-resistant and food safe, and is perfect to pick up those organic groceries.
What are some ways that you’ll be going green this holiday season?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!