All I Want for Christmas Is A Lower Carbon Footprint

Are you dreaming of a green Christmas (or Hanukkah)? Below, we’ve compiled some tips for reducing your carbon footprint while staying festive.

Trees & Wreaths

There’s much debate about whether artificial trees/wreaths are more or less eco-friendly than real ones. Some argue that artificial trees are more carbon neutral, as they don’t require harvesting/disposal, and can be re-used. However, others believe that the manufacturing of such trees – and the materials used – negate the ecological benefits.

Nowadays, most fresh trees are grown on tree farms, instead of being harvested from forests, for a minimal environmental impact. When making your selection, be on the lookout for organic/seasonal tree farms or “live trees,” which still have the roots attached and can be planted after the season is over. Keep in mind that fresh trees can also be recycled after the holidays.

Lighting

Candles are a festive (and eco-friendly) way of lighting your home for the holidays. Organic, natural candles ensure that you aren’t releasing harmful chemicals/carcinogens into your home. Be sure to check out candle safety tips before going candle crazy, however!

For traditional, holiday lighting, consider making the switch to LED.  LED lighting has a longer life and releases fewer carbon emissions. Take a minimalist approach to these types of decorations, for a lower carbon footprint (and energy bill).

What is the carbon footprint of the holidays? Stay tuned for more eco-friendly holiday advice in future posts! Tell us about your plans for an eco-friendly holiday on Facebook!

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-schiffman/ecofriendly-christmas-trees_b_1129219.html

http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/954213/five_of_the_bestecofriendly_scented_candles.html

 

 

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