Try to reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing a locally grown tree so less transportation is needed. If you are planning to purchase an artificial tree, the waste mainly comes from the production and transportation, so the key is to keep reusing the tree for a minimum of 10 years.
2. Use Sustainable Lighting Choices
Using all that holiday lighting can really drain the energy usage and your wallet. Try using LED lights since they are the most energy-efficient and consume 70% less energy than the typical incandescent lights. There's even an option for solar powered lights!
3. Use Low-Waste or Repurposed Gift Wrap
Instead of using the conventional reams of paper to wrap your gifts, try using some environmentally friendly alternatives that are made from recycled paper or use extra fabric to wrap your gifts! You can also repurpose gift bags you have laying around your home.
4. Shop Sustainably for Food!
If you're planning on inviting some family over for the holidays, try to keep your carbon footprint to a minimum by shopping local, or even supporting local small business by purchasing takeout! After your dinner, save any leftovers and compost any food waste.
5. Repurpose Gifts That You've Received in the Past
Everyone has gotten gifts in the past that they have not used or opened. Instead of going out to purchase a new gift for someone, see if there are any gifts in your household that someone else might like.