Stay Green This Holiday Season

Tips on how to be environmentally friendly during the holidays.

By on December 17, 2012

For some, getting in the holiday spirit means buying presents for loved ones, and for others, decorating around the house helps them get in the mood of the season. Holiday revelers can go green this season. 

Decorating with strings of sparkling lights is common practice. Earth 911 reports that holiday décor accounts for about 20 percent of annual retail sales and costs Americans about $9 billion annually. Using LED lights for your display will save energy and trim your electric bill.

Wrapping presents – and your home – in holiday colors do not have to result in a waste of paper. There are sustainable options, such as using eco-friendly wrapping paper or recycled paper and gift boxes from previous gifts. Apartment Therapy has some great ideas for alternatives to wrapping paper, including repurposing paper grocery bags.

Those who send holiday greeting cards can go online to avoid the excess paper trail that comes along with mailing labels, cards and envelopes. Using devices like the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, photos can be uploaded straight from a digital camera to sites like Hallmark which offer holiday photo card options.

Take a minute to make your holiday season a little more green this year.