The holiday season is filled with gift-giving, cooking, baking, and travel. As we approach this year’s holiday season, it is important to remember the environmental impact that we create as a result of all the festivities require. The amount of waste produced in the average household between Thanksgiving and New Year’s increases, on average, by over 25%. As people wrap their gifts to put under the tree, 50,000 trees will be cut down to accommodate over 8,000 tons of wrapping paper. There are steps you can take to reduce your footprint this holiday season, and a good place to start is with purchasing sustainable gifts for your friends and family.
Cruelty-free products refer to products that were, at no point, be it manufacturing or development, tested on animals. Typically these types of products are makeup, cosmetics, lotions, etc. If you’re looking for some stocking stuffers, small gifts like soaps, makeup, and lotions can be perfect. Make sure to check the label and get gifts that are cruelty-free.
Products Made from Recyclable Materials
If you want to get your mom a new scarf or buy your friend some jewelry or socks, there are always options to buy gifts that are made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials. When you buy sustainable, you aren’t necessarily sacrificing fashion. As more and more companies realize the importance of sustainability an conservation of the environment, they turn to recycled and eco-friendly materials for their products. Forbes created an eco-friendly holiday gift guide, full of stylish, unique, and fun gifts for everyone.
Rather than purchase a physical gift, find ways to incorporate something hand-made, or plan a trip that is meaningful. Plan a time to travel with your friend, family, or significant-other outside of the holidays to cut down on gas during the holiday season. Buy tickets to see one of their favorite shows or sports teams, or knit them a scarf made from eco-friendly yarn. You can save the environment and show someone that you really care by giving a more meaningful gift.
These are just a few of the many ways you can cut down on your footprint during the holiday season. You can also choose to travel less, buy local foods for holiday meals, make sure to avoid using plastic when cooking, wrapping gifts, and storing food, and more. Small adjustments to your holiday routine can have a huge impact on our environment.