how to be eco-friendly on Christmas

While you’re dreaming of a white Christmas as you sit by the fire, we encourage you to be environmentally-friendly this holiday season by being green. The holiday season is a time of giving and who better to give back to than your planet? Below we outline 5 simple ways to be green this holiday season.

Christmas Tree Alternatives

Every year when the holiday season is near, a debate sparks between whether an artificial tree or a real Christmas tree is the more environmentally friendly option. What really matters is what you do with the tree after the holiday. If you have an artificial tree, be sure to reuse it as long as you can. Sources say artificial trees can last up to 10 years!

If you prefer to have a real Christmas tree, you can minimize its environmental impact by shopping locally and recycling it. Surprisingly there are many purposes for recycling a real Christmas tree. Real trees can be recycled into material for soil erosion barriers, bird feeders, mulch, paths for hiking trails and more. Common recycling options include services like curbside pickup, drop off recycling centers, tree recycling and mulch programs, and nonprofit pickup. For those in Minnesota, Pick Your Own Christmas Tree makes it easy to find a recycling solution. No matter what you do, do not burn your Christmas tree. It will burn very fast and very hot, and the high sap content in the popular Christmas trees can even cause small explosions when lit on fire.

Use LED Christmas Lights

LED lights are up to 80% more energy-efficient and last up to six timers longer when compared to traditional lighting options like fluorescent and incandescent lights. They also require fewer bulbs to achieve the same level of brightness given off by other types of lighting. Decorate with LED lights this year to save money and energy!

Sustainable Christmas Cards

Sending Christmas cards electronically is free! Plus it saves time, paper, and fuel needed to transport cards in the mail. There are also plenty of sustainable options for sending traditional Christmas cards. Basic Invites prints paper products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Most of their papers are manufactured with 50% recycled content, from both pre-consumer and post-consumer materials.

Gift Wrapping Paper

Putting in the effort to save the wrapping paper and bows after opening a present can go a long way. Many traditional wrapping papers contain non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter, or plastic. However, you can buy eco-friendly gift wrapping from various outlets. Wrappily offers 100% recycled, double-sided gift wrapping paper. They also allow you to create your own custom-design. Make sure you get the most out of your wrapping paper!

Decorations

Decorate using ornaments made from sustainable and recycled materials. Etsy offers a variety of ornaments made from recycled materials. Reusing ornaments from past years is also a great way to save money and materials. If you are feeling creative, you can make your own ornaments out of shopping bags and the Christmas cards you received. Using sustainable decorations is a great way to make your holiday season even greener.

Bedford Technology is proud to carry out environmentally-friendly practices. Our plastic lumber is recycled from high-density post-consumer products like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. We have saved hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from entering landfills by turning it into structural lumber, which also helps reduce waste and combat deforestation. We encourage everyone to practice eco-friendly strategies this holiday season and strive to make an impact.