green tip #9 | sustainability | rethink gift-giving & holiday traditions

green tip #9 | sustainability | rethink gift-giving & holiday traditions

Resources on having a green Christmas:
Eco-cycle’s 6 Ways to Go Green This Holiday Season
Eco-cycle’s 10 Ways to Go Green
Rookie Magazine’s Thrift Your Gift

The links above are so helpful in the suggestions they give on being more green this season! As I continually think of ways to be more eco-friendly in my life, there is a big one that I think everyone should consider: rethink gift-giving this holiday season. Instead, focus on having experiences/memories, giving to charity, feeling happiness, preserving self-wellness and sustaining financial stability. It means valuing meaningful actions and good intentions and spirit. It means being creative in having fun celebrating. Alternatives to giving gifts: give money, gift cards (preferably ones you can send via email), DIY gifts, thrift store treasures, or simply lessen the amount you give.

“…the way we produce, consume and dispose of our goods and food accounts for 42% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. This means the choices we make about our “stuff” has a bigger impact than driving our car or heating our homes.” – Eco-cycle Website

Holiday waste is a huge contributor to climate change and the depletion of valuable resources we need.

The use of resources 

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Image source: Light and Color Lab

There is this cycle of buy, use, donate/throw away and buy again.

Regarding Christmas gifts, buying new clothing is especially popular this time of year; ties for dads and new ugly sweaters for those theme parties and what about extra socks that are on sale?

“As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace. The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. That adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone.” – The True Cost movie website

There is a need to really understand what our actions are doing to our world and why we are doing them. The continual cycle of buy and throw away costs too much to perpetuate this pattern.

Blogger of Light and Color Lab  also mentioned the holidays in his recent post:

“Try to be aware of the way you make decisions and how you come to conclusions in a thought process.  Re-evaluate the things you need vs. the things you want.”

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