Eco-Friendly Friday: Holiday Edition


It’s Christmastime once again! My favorite time of the year!

A lady I watched in a video last week called this season “a time of indulgence”. It is during this time when people go all out on their cooking (of hearty main courses and desserts, especially), decorating, gift-giving, and thoughtfulness. People who are supposedly on a diet can only ever try to go on a diet during this holiday. LOL.

Another thing I think this season is a time of, though, is excess. In the process of going all out, a lot of things get wasted along the way — food, gifts, wrappers, fruitcakes — to name a few. And in the spirit of ho ho honoring Mother Earth (next to Jesus, of course), I would like to share with you a few things you can do this season to be thoughtful not just to other people, but to the earth as well. 🙂

(Special thanks to fellow Planeteers E & T for chipping in ideas for this entry!)

1. BRING THAT ECO BAG! 

You’re sure to be buying a lot of stuff this holiday season, so make sure you bring your eco bag with you to store all those items in! Unless of course you’re buying from a branded shop and you specifically want their shopping bags to serve as your wrapper.

2. USE OLD MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS/PAPER BAGS AS WRAPPERS.

I’ve been wrapping my gifts with old magazine pages for a long time now. Got the idea off one of Candy magazine’s articles. I have not bought a single wrapping paper since.

Not sure if got this idea from me (LOL WOW) but she wrapped her gifts in magazine paper this year too! Here’s a peek at her finished product:

YAY! :D (Credits to T for the picture!)
YAY! 😀 (Credits to T for the picture!)

Been quite lazy to sort through my old magazine pile this year so I opted to just use old paper bags to place my gifts in. The other night, I found myself going through our paper/plastic bags pile to look for the perfect paper bags for my gifts. This was what I discovered:

An impressive(ly dismal) collection of trash.
An impressive collection of trash. Que horror.

Gosh. My obsessive-compulsiveness definitely kicked in at this point so I ended up sorting all these by size and usability. Proud to say we now have an organized collection of presentable, reusable bags.

This, kids, is what happens when you don’t bring an eco bag. I cringe at the thought of all the trees I have helped kill. 🙁

3. GIVE PRACTICAL GIFTS

Self-explanatory. Give gifts that can either be consumed or utilized right away. Aim to not have your gift placed in storage, never to see the light of day. You’re not only wasting money, you’re wasting your friend’s time. #truth

Better yet, why not pool your gift money and give it to charity?

4. DON’T WASTE FOOD.

So much food goes to waste every year; Christmas season probably being the biggest culprit. Don’t cook too much food or get something off the noche buena/media noche table which you can’t finish. Keep in mind that not everyone will be eating as heartily as you this Christmas.

5. SET A SPECIFIC TIME FOR YOUR LIGHTS TO BE ON.

This season will never be complete without them Christmas blinkies. But do set a time for them to be on, so as to conserve energy. 🙂

Christmas at Covent Garden last year. :)
Christmas at Covent Garden last year. 🙂

6. DON’T BUY FIREWORKS

Please. They’re bad for your lungs and the environment. If you really NEED to make noise, buy a toy horn instead. Or use your car’s horn at the stroke of midnight. 🙂


 

If you have any more tips, do share them! 🙂 Have a Happy Christmas, wanderers! Here’s a picture of Spunky Clause and his awkward smile.

Heh.
Heh.

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