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10 Ways to Have a More Sustainable Holiday Season


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Creating a sustainable holiday season is not only about reducing waste but also an opportunity to be mindful of our year-round impacts on the planet. Here are ten ways to make your holidays more environmentally friendly:


  1. Eco-friendly Gift Giving: Opt for sustainable gifts such as experiences, homemade items, or eco-friendly products. Consider gifts that promote a low carbon footprint.

  2. Mindful Decorations: Choose decorations made from sustainable materials or those that can be reused in multiple seasons. Get creative by crafting decorations from recycled materials or opting for natural elements like pinecones, evergreen branches, or dried flowers.

  3. Energy-efficient Lighting: Use LED lights for decorations, both indoors and outdoors. LED lights are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan, reducing electricity consumption and waste.

  4. Reduced Food Waste: Plan meals carefully to avoid food wastage. Opt for locally sourced produce for your festive meals and consider composting organic waste.

  5. Minimalistic Wrapping: Wrap gifts using recycled or reusable materials like old newspapers, fabric scraps, or decorative boxes that can be reused. Avoid glossy or metallic wrapping paper, as it is often non-recyclable.

  6. Carbon-conscious Travel: If traveling during the holidays, consider carpooling, using public transport, or opting for carbon offset programs to mitigate the environmental impact of your journey.

  7. Support Sustainable Brands: Choose to support brands that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices in their production processes.

  8. Give Back to Nature: Consider giving back to nature by planting trees or supporting environmental charities as gifts or donations in honour of your loved ones.

  9. Mindful Consumption: Be mindful of your consumption habits and avoid impulse purchases. Consider the environmental impact of the items you are buying.

  10. Embrace Reusability: Use reusable items wherever possible, such as cloth napkins, dishes, and utensils instead of disposable ones. Encourage guests to bring their reusable containers for leftovers.

The holiday season is a perfect time to embrace sustainable practices and make a positive impact on the planet. If you're gifting books (a timeless and trustworthy choice!) and you want to learn more about sustainability in the book industry, check out our blog.




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