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31 Days Of Holiday Awesome: Eco-Friendly Holiday Hacks

Thu, December, 15 by Julia White


The holidays are here and that means decorations, presents and, unfortunately, waste. It’s easy to forget how much we add to our carbon footprint in December. Between the piles of wrapping paper that end up in landfills and the festive lights we forget to turn off, it ends up being a pretty blue Christmas for the planet. So if you’re looking to change that and make your holidays a little greener we have some easy tips.



We all know wrapping paper can be super cute, but it’s also super wasteful.  That’s why we scoured the web for a few new ways to wrap that are just as festive. Our favourites are wrapping your present in newspapers, which gives it a cool rustic-chic look, or wrapping it in a new scarf for the receiver—because no one ever complains about an extra present.

Head here for a full list of eco-friendly alternatives that will keep your presents looking wonderful.

Charitable Presents 


You know that friend on your gift list who is so hard to buy for because they already have everything. This year, instead of adding to the pile of stuff they won’t use, consider making a charitable donation in their name. There are tons of awesome causes out there and you can pick one that’s close to your friend’s heart, so your gift still has a personal touch.

If you want to go the extra mile, take your friend out on a volunteering date. Quality time and helping your community? That sounds like a pretty good present to us.

If you need some inspiration you can check out the donation packages available from Plan Canada, CAMH and Ontario SPCA 

Energy-Efficient Lighting 


Everyone loves fairy lights, especially during the holidays, but they can be huge energy-suckers. Try replacing your old standard lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs and utilize timers so the lights are only on when someone’s there to appreciate them.

Extra tip: If one bulb burns out, you can buy replacements for individual lights instead of throwing the whole string away.

Real Tree Vs. Artificial Tree


There is still some debate over whether a real tree or an artificial tree is more eco-friendly, so whichever option you choose, try and it keep it green. For real trees, buy locally and from farms that minimize the use of pesticides. For artificial trees avoid ones made from PVC plastic (one of the least eco-friendly plastics) and take care of it so it lasts for years to come.