post by Maren Larsen
Whether you’re decking halls, lighting candles, celebrating traditions, giving gifts, or just relaxing with loved ones, keep sustainability in mind this holiday season. #SustainableSpirit can take many forms, like considering local shops first when buying gifts, cutting back on waste from holiday meals, volunteering your time to a good cause, or choosing reusable or recycled materials when decorating.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, household waste in the U.S. increases by more than 25%.
This increase in waste is a combination of fossil fuel waste from an uptick in travel and shipping, food waste from holiday meals, and trash from shopping and gift-giving. While there are lots of areas you can cut back this season, the end of the year is also the biggest time for charitable giving, and in that there is lots of room for excess. If you can, consider giving time or money to a cause you support or donating some of your old stuff to a local charity.
All month long, we’ll be sharing our ideas for reducing waste and spreading good cheer over the holidays. Start your plan for an eco-friendly holiday with these tips or share your hacks for a green December with #SustainableSpirit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.