holiday trash and wastefulness. Can you enjoy the holidays guilt-free? Of course! Here are a few ideas to
celebrate the season while being festive and eco-savvy!
plastic trees are made from petroleum-based materials, and plastic is one those
products that never go away. Even though artificial trees last forever, research shows that when
they become worn they are often discarded, and use a lot of natural resources during
manufacturing and shipping. Buying live trees from a local tree farm is eco-friendly and helps the
local economy. Enter your zip code in to www.ohiochristmastrees.com and find the tree farm
closest to you! After Christmas, be sure to find out where to recycle your tree at
o Send e-cards or make your own crafty card smith scrap paper and art supplies from
around the home! The amount of cards sent in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories
high with wasted paper!
o Get creative with your wrapping paper. Use paper grocery bags and a decorative paper
punch to make a border on the lip of the paper. Wrap with old maps, magazines,
shopping bags, or children’s books from the thrift store! Integrate the actual gift as part of
the wrapping, such as a scarf.
o Instead of plastic ribbons and bows use paper ribbons or scraps of fabric and attach
evergreen bunches, berries, ornaments or accessories. Get creative! Recycle what you
do get; if every family reused just 2 feet of ribbon that would be enough to wrap a ribbon
around the earth each year!
o If you love the look of wrapping paper, buy recycled content. Recycle and reuse what
you can. Try to avoid foil or metallic paper as they are made with materials that are not
Use LED lights they produce less heat, are less dangerous, last longer, still stay on if one bulb
burns out and are 90% more efficient than traditional lights!!
Party Smart Prominently display a recycle bin at your party. Use compostable silverware and
stay away from Styrofoam and plastics. Invest in decorations that can be used in the future, such
as cloth tablecloths. Send evites instead of paper invites! Support local business for your
Happy “Green” Holidays from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District!