Get ready to bring sustainable cheer into your home this holiday season! With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to create a festive atmosphere in our homes without compromising sustainability. Fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly holiday ideas to make your home merry and bright while still making an environmental difference. Keep reading for tips on how you can create an eco-friendly holiday season in your home.
1. Use a programmable thermostat – If you’re going to be out of the house for extended periods of time during the holiday season, consider using a programmable thermostat to
automatically adjust the temperature in your home.
2. Consider a live Christmas tree – Choosing a live Christmas tree rather than a fake one is the more eco-friendly choice. Live trees are biodegradable and can be composted or used for mulch after the holiday season. Montreal’s municipality has tree collection programs outside your door on specific days throughout January, depending on your borough. Plus, the scent of a real tree can add to the festive atmosphere of your home.
3. Use LED lights – Using LEDs for your holiday decorating uses less energy and lasts longer, so you’ll save money on your electricity bill and conserve energy. Today, there are very warm coloured LEDs available and you can’t even tell the difference!
4. Use natural decorations – Why not try using natural decorations this holiday season? Consider natural items like pinecones, branches, and dried oranges to decorate your home. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they also add a rustic, festive touch. And, if you buy something, consider only investing in decorations you can see yourself using for many years to come, or even keeping intergenerationally. This way, you won’t need to buy new ones every December.
5. Avoid disposable dishes and utensils – If you’re hosting a holiday party, try to avoid using disposable dishes and utensils. Use reusable dishes, glasses, and utensils instead to reduce waste and protect the environment. If you must use something disposable, consider compostable options!
6. Compost food waste – If you’re hosting a holiday party or preparing a big meal, you’ll likely generate a lot of food waste. Instead of throwing this waste in the trash, consider composting it. Join in on improving our environment one plate at a time!
7. Use cloth napkins – To set the tone for a sophisticated and sustainable holiday season, ditch paper napkins in favor of cloth versions. These reusable materials are easy to clean between meals and add an elegant touch of style to your holiday meals that can’t be achieved with disposable products.
8. Shop locally – Montreal offers a variety of charming, locally-owned stores and boutiques that make finding the perfect gift easy! Rather than shopping at big-box retailers or online sites, why not explore all our wonderful city has to offer this holiday season? Get out on the town with family and friends – you’re sure to find something special for everyone.
9. Use a programmable outlet – A programmable outlet is a device that allows you to control the power to your lights and other decorative electronic devices remotely. This can be especially useful if you’re going to be away from home for extended periods of time, or to program lights to turn on/off automatically morning and night while you sleep.
10. Donate to charity – Instead of buying gifts for everyone on your list, consider donating to a charity in their name. This is a great way to give back to the community and reduce waste. There are many amazing Montreal-based community charities to choose from.
These are just some of the ways you can make sure that your home is festive while still being conscious about sustainability this holiday season! At the end of the day, little changes add up over time so don’t be afraid to start small. Whatever tips you decide to try will help reduce overall waste during this special time of the year. Now, that’s something worth celebrating!
Happy holidays from all of us at Team Angela Langtry!