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4 Ways to Make Christmas Eco-Friendly

Learn four ways to have an eco-friendly Christmas in this Howcast video featuring Alegre of Green and Greener.


Hi, Alegre from Ember Living. I'm here today to talk about how to green your Christmas. Christmas has a lot of opportunities for incorporating sustainability into your everyday life.

Let's start with one of the most obvious examples, the Christmas tree. There are a lot of opportunities there for change. So, for instance, some companies have now started offering the rental of living Christmas trees. So these are Christmas trees that are potted, and the company will actually deliver them to you to keep in your home for three or four weeks and then pick it up and take care of it the rest of the year.

I actually adopt the same Christmas tree every year over and over, and I get to watch it grow, and it gets to spend the holidays with my family. And I know that I'm not killing a tree every sincle time that I celebrate Christmas.

There are also other ways to have the sense of a Christmas tree without literally having a tree. One year I actually made a mobile out of Christmas ornaments that was in the shape of a tree, and this was really useful when my child was really young, and she was at the age where she would have pulled the tree down on herself. So I was able to have this Christmas mobile above her height. It was beautiful. It took up the space. We had a place to put present underneath, and I didn't have to worry about my child hurting themselves.

Also, when it comes to food, which is an important part of the holidays try and buy locally and in season. There is a great website,, and I like to get my Heritage turkeys through a local harvest website, and Heritage turkeys taste so much better than traditionally farmed turkeys. It's got a better flavor. It's different proportions, and it's more a sustainable way of consuming meat.

Another thing is when you give gifts, be thoughtful about your gifts. If you have someone on your list who is the sort of person who has everything maybe just give them something useful or maybe something that you made yourself. One year I gave everyone in my family shoebags that I stitched up myself. It''s so easy to do. I made each shoebag a little bit different with the fabric and the ribbon that was used, and it was just a nice personal and useful gift.

Finally, wrapping. Wrapping paper is something that can easily be avoided. You can get fabric and create usable wrapping that you can use year after year after year. You can use leftover magazines or newspapers or cards. You can even decoupage together gift wrap. So there are lots of ways to not go out and buy just traditional gift wrap but still wrap your present in a pretty way that is more sustainable.

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