Green Holidaying

Twilight - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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There are many ways to make a holiday "green" for your family. Here are some things i do. What other ideas does everyone else have?



-Make gifts from reusable containers and items.

-Gifts from Savers, Goodwill, consignment stores

-Christmas Trees are Norfolk Pine and a Banana Tree we have in the house year-round

-Decorate with handmade ornaments

-Use newspaper and magazines to make own wrapping paper

-Support local communities by purchasing food and gifts from them instead of big box corporations and malls

-Not use electric lights for decorating - - - how disgustingly wasteful. you can be in the spirit without using these

-Not succumb to consumerism and greed so i try to buy/make meaningful and/or useful gifts and goodies

-Boycot Black Friday - why would anybody put themself through the crowds, busy traffic, etc anyway????

-For family and friends who tend to not use green methods, i make sure to tell them "i mad ethis dish with organic ingredients." or "guess what? that is from savers!" because that always surprises them and makes them think (i hope)





Tell me your ideas! :) There are so many i don't personally do or even think about so i am curious about your green holiday traditions :)

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Molly - posted on 04/02/2009

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Wool dryer balls. Use them instead of Bounce dryer sheets.  They take out static and reduce the drying time in big loads by 20-30% and medium/small loads by up to 50%.  Great gift.  My family loved it! You can use old sweaters that your kids/husband dont wear anymore or find sweaters at goodwill.  Unravel them, and you have tons of wool yarn.  It must be 100% wool- the kind that say not to wash and dry them (for FELTING- if you purchase yarn, make sure it's 100% wool and says for felting).



 

Twilight - posted on 11/29/2008

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people are generally interested when they find out i bought their gifts from Savers or Goodwill. i am not sure about your area, but the consignment shops around me are very good. :)

Jenna - posted on 11/24/2008

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I was turned onto another gift wrapping method I love. You can find large, beautiful, silk scarves in thrift stores and use them and some matching ribbon to wrap gifts. Another thing I've done is to wrap smaller items in nicely coloured dish towels (who couldn't use more of them?)

Caroline - posted on 11/23/2008

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Consider buying a tree from a local tree farm. Contrary to the myth, using a live tree isn't "killing" a tree, if people don't buy them, there is no incentive to grow them. Tree farming is one way that many small and family farms are able to keep their land from being developed.

If you do use lights, buy LED lights. Last year I bought a strand that was solar powered and put it around the door. Even the plug in LEDs use 80-90% less electricity than normal lights. We put LED lights on the tree and only turn them on if we are actually in the room with the tree.

I haven't had much luck with telling people you got their gift at a thrifts store. Even my own kids look forward to getting a toy with ALL the pieces. ;) Best to keep that to yourself.

We made some reusable fabric gift bags. You can also use pieces of fabric and wrap the gift tying it with ribbon.

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