As we close out the year with gifts and expressions of gratitude toward loved ones, we wanted to offer some ideas for those holiday shoppers who wish to reduce their environmental impact during this time of year. With all the meat consumption and packaging waste that’s typical during the season, it can sometimes ruin the mood for those of us with sensibilities towards these sorts of things.
And so, we asked our team for some ideas from their own household traditions. Here is the top ten list of ideas they came up with:
- Try a fake tree made from recycled plastic or cut down your own tree from a forest that needs thinning (see CO Dept of Wildlife and US Department of Ag Forest Service for details)
- Make gifts like body products and soaps, or jellies and salsa
- Re-use gift bags and tissue paper or use newspaper
- Find treasures for stocking stuffers at thrift stores and local farmers markets
- Eat a plant-based holiday meal
- Generally don’t travel for the holidays
- Mostly buy gifts from non-profits like 10,000 Villages, Gifts for Good, World Vision and Unicef
- Gift cultural experiences like museum memberships, theaters tickets or local artist events
- Re-gift toys (where appropriate 😊)
- Prioritize B Corps for new gifts
If you have any creative or fun ways that you and your family try to mitigate your gifting footprint, please let us know for next year’s list!
In the meantime, Happy Holidays!