Green Holiday Tips

By
Home Stager with House Dressing

 

Make every day Earth Day, even Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.  These tips are good for the environment and your wallet.


1.  Put less packaging on your gifts.  Re-use wrapping paper, the comics, or magazines. Re-use cardboard boxes and packing peanuts.

2.  Send e-cards or tree free cards using recycled paper or hemp.

3.  Regifting is not a crime.  Pass along hand-me-downs and heirlooms. Include the story of the item if giving an heirloom.

4.  Use Do it Yourself Decor. Make the house festive with popcorn, berries, greens form the yard and dried flowers.

5.  Recycle your Christmas tree when you can no longer use it.christmas tree

6.  Give away untouched leftovers and unwanted gifts.  Those less fortunate will appreciate it.

7.  When having a party use use dishes, utensils, napkins and plates that aren't paper or plastic.  Recycle bottles and cans and compost leftover food.

8.  Use sustainable candles made of soy or beeswax.  Paraffin candles may emit toxins.

9.  Buy locally grown produce.

10.  Give gifts from the heart--a home cooked meal, help with chores or babysitting.  These will mean more than another thing from a store.

A little thought can help keep the green in the holidays and  help us remember the true meaning of the season.  Happy Holidays to All!

 

Posted by

Deb Brodhecker

House Dressing Real Estate Staging & Interior Redesign, Sussex County, NJ

dressedhouse@gmail.com

www.dressedhouse.com

Comments (6)

Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

I love this post-but #10 is my favorite! We do not buy gifts-we support local and global non-profit organizations with honorary gifts. 

Dec 17, 2009 09:53 AM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Thanks for these great tips, Debra!  They're not only pertinent to this time of year,but all year long! 

Dec 17, 2009 12:15 PM
Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Very nice list.  I've tried to do more  on it this year than usual.  Makes for a less stressful holiday too!

Dec 18, 2009 03:43 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Deb, These are great tips.  I reuse everything and it comes in handy :)

Dec 18, 2009 06:49 AM
Debra Brodhecker
House Dressing - Branchville, NJ
House Dressing, New Jersey

Carole,  I think about my grandparents who lived through the Depression and reused and saved everything even when times were much much better--some habits we should all emulate.  Emjoy the snow this weekend!

Kim, Nancy and Cathy, Simplifying our lives with less "stuff" and more meaning is a lesson I think we are learning in theese hard economic times.  Enjoy the Holidays!

Dec 18, 2009 09:58 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Debra,

Really great ideas for going green anytime of the year!  Thanks for all the awesome tips!!!

Jul 20, 2010 04:56 PM