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The holiday season is meant to be full of merriment and cheer, but not when it comes to our planet. I hate to be the Grinch, but it's true. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the USA alone throws away 25% more trash. This adds to our ever growing landfills and makes its way into our lakes, rivers, and oceans, contributing to the overwhelming amount of plastic waste.
With this being a time of goodwill, peace, and love, you can bring this consciousness to the Christmas season by having a more sustainable holiday. Reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying in the traditions and fun of the season. If you want to do a little better for our earth this winter, then keep reading for some great solutions for a sustainable holiday season.
Decorate with Nature
Instead of hitting the decor stores for faux garland and plastic holly, go for the real deal. Stepping into the forest, you can find a lot of free holiday festive items. Collect pinecones for vase and basket fillers for coffee tables and shelf displays. Gather cedar branches for garland or mantle top decor, and source some authentic mistletoe for those midnight smooches.
Hit Up the Thrift Stores
For items that can't be found out in the forests, such as candlesticks and crystal vases, look for the second-use and visit a thrift store. Remember quality over quantity. Look for ornate silver trays for your holiday cookies, glass vases for your festive vase displays, and discounted holiday decor like stockings.