A Green Christmas: Eco friendly Gifts and Decorations
Christmas is coming soon.
And its coming every year in December. And every year the malls and online shops are getting overcrowded and hectic the few weeks before. People are spending heaps of money for a lot of gifts (approx $75 Billion in the US). They are buying a lot of new decorations because they threw out the old one or just want something new. And after Christmas (Or any other Holiday) you mostly have a huge amount of plastic and gift wrap trash in your house.
I actually love the weeks before Christmas. All the lights and decorations in the city (and yes I know all the energy and stuff (be careful at home and get some energy saving lights)... but I still really enjoy the lights;).
What I don't like, and never have really, all the stress and crowds in the city and malls before Christmas.. Everybody seems so stressed and in need to find a lot of gifts for everybody....
It seems like we have forgotten what Christmas is actually all about.
Isn't Christmas about family, friends, love, peace? To spend time with your loved ones should be the important factor, not to become more and more gifts? You can't buy love right?
Do you agree and want to make it different this year?
You don't want to buy another toxic plastic toy or another pair of polyester socks, or another thing that might just get left in a dark corner or get dusty on the shelf?
You like to decorate but don't want to buy more plastic stuff or want to switch to natural decorations?
Great, welcome on board, I have some suggestions and inspiration for you.
I haven't bought any material gifts for my loved ones in the past years and we didn't miss anything.
So lets go, I hope I can inspire you to make an eco friendly, plastic free Christmas this year.
Plastic Free Decoration
Real tree or fake tree?
You will find a lot of different answers if you ask different people. Some say its better to get a fake Christmas tree because its not cool to cut down trees. Other will say get a real tree because its a renewable and recyclable source. Real Tree vs Fake Tree.
Christmas Gift Ideas
My favorite gift?
Time or experiences!
Whats more beautiful and important than spending time with people you love and experience something together.
If you like to be creative, if you can sew or paint or cook thats a perfect thing for a great gift.
Eco Friendly Products
If you still want to buy gifts, make some eco friendly choices. There is always the choice between a product made from organic and fair brands or from unfair and environmental unfriendly ones or between a trashy product and a classy one.
5 inspirations for eco friendly Christmas gifts:
What about Gift Wrapping?
To avoid Food Waste, make a shopping list of what you really need. If you are cooking for more than just one day make sure you can use some of the stuff you cooked the day before. Make fried potatoes if you have cooked potatoes left, make some fried rice if theres cooked rice left, soup from leftover veggies, etc.
Or make sure to freeze and store leftovers in the fridge.
If you have the possibility to donate food in the neighborhood or homeless shelters do it! Theres always a better alternative than throwing eatable food into the bin.
You Can't Buy Happiness in a Store
True Happiness can't be bought in a store. True Happiness is something else, and its different from one to another. It might be when you are surrounded by your loved ones. Or if you are relaxed and enjoying to do nothing, or just reading a book listening to music. A walk in the snow (or on the beach). Being grateful for your health. So think twice before buying a fancy gift for somebody. A better gift could be something else than a material one.
Just Try to make it simple and don't get stressed. The Christmas Holidays should be a time of joy and quality time with your loved ones. Its the "most beautiful time of the year" according to Andy Williams. And it doesn't matter if its a religious holiday for you or not. If you celebrate love, family and friends it will become a more eco friendly holiday easy!
Feel free to share more inspirations in the comments about your favorite plastic free/zero waste/ eco friendly gifts.
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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