This year, why not make your holiday greener than ever? As more and more people start to develop a desire to become more eco-friendly, the holiday season is one of the perfect opportunities to really let your love for our planet shine. From groceries to your Christmas tree – there are countless simple ways that you can start inviting some sustainability into your home.
If you’re trying to incorporate more environmentally conscious decisions this year, here are a few ways you can begin by having an eco-friendly holiday season.
Parents love to spoil their kids around this time of year. It’s exciting to watch them rip through that wrapping paper in anticipation. But it’s important to keep in mind that less really is more. Instead of spoiling your children this year, why not get them a few small gifts, and then donate the rest you would have spent to a charity? You can let them select from a variety of ones – whether to help the environment directly, or some families who are struggling because of environmental degradation.
Being eco-friendly is all about considering the welfare of our entire planet. Donating to a charity with your family is one of the best ways to stay green while really highlighting that holiday spirit.
There’s often a debate about which is more sustainable when it comes to selecting a tree – real or fake? While some argue that fake trees that will be used for 10 to 15 years can use less energy and be better overall, others feel that opting for the real deal allows the trees to be re-integrated into the environment as mulch, and helps support small businesses. If you do decide to go with an artificial tree, just make sure that it will be one that will last for many years to come. But real trees are generally the more eco-friendly option. Plus, they smell fantastic!
When it comes time to host dinner for the family and friends, make it your time to really shine on the eco front. That means eliminating the use of any disposables, such as plastic cups, cutlery, and styrofoam plates. Also, choose organic, locally grown and free-range food for the menu. This not only shows your support for eco-friendly initiatives, but it will also make your dinner taste so much better!
Being conscious of our individual actions and how they can impact the environment is rapidly growing as we become more aware of just how necessary it is. And from everyday actions, to the holiday season – there are countless, simple ways to help out our planet and future generations.
Need a little help with clean-up after the holiday season? Whether you want to dispose of your Christmas tree, finally throw out that broken string of Christmas lights, or safely recycle your old TV because the family upgraded to a new 60” flatscreen, Junk Ninja is here to help. As Ottawa’s favourite junk removal service, we recyle or donate everything we can to keep usable objects and material out of landfills.
On behalf of the entire Junk Ninja team, we wish you and yours a warm, merry, and green holiday season!