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Sustainable Christmas: Decorate with Eco-Friendly Materials

Research states that the average American throws away 25 pounds of garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
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Christmas is a time for giving, love, joy, and… waste! 

In fact, research states that the average American throws away 25 pounds of garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a large portion of which comes from discarded Christmas decorations.

So this year, I’m calling on every one of us to make a conscious effort to celebrate a more sustainable Christmas by decorating with eco-friendly materials. 

Do you know the amazing thing about choosing natural, recycled, or upcycled items? They make our environment beautiful without contributing to environmental pollution.

And they’re cost-effective too, because you can easily get the materials in your neighborhood and even reuse them over and over again.

Let’s then explore examples of these natural, recycled, and upcycled materials for achieving a sustainable Christmas!

Natural Materials

Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials for creating unique and sustainable Christmas decorations. Some popular options include:

  • Dried oranges and cranberries: Slice oranges and cranberries and dry them in the oven. String them on twine for a beautiful and fragrant garland.

  • Pinecones: Collect pinecones from your yard or park and spray paint them with gold or silver paint for a festive touch.

  • Branches and twigs: Arrange branches and twigs in a vase or on a mantel for a natural look. Add pinecones, berries, or dried flowers for a pop of color.

  • Wood slices: Cut wood slices from fallen branches and use them as ornaments, coasters, or tree toppers. You can paint them, personalize them with wood burning, or leave them natural.

  • Popcorn and cranberries: Thread cranberries and popcorn onto twine for a festive and edible garland.

  • Salt dough ornaments: Make salt dough ornaments from flour, salt, and water. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and bake them in the oven. Decorate them with paint, glitter, or markers.

Recycled Materials 

Many of our everyday items can be transformed into beautiful and unique Christmas decorations.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Glass jars: Fill glass jars with candles, ornaments, or pinecones for a festive display.

  • Tin cans: Punch holes in tin cans and string them together for a wind chime.

  • Cardboard boxes: Cut cardboard boxes into snowflakes or stars and decorate them with paint, glitter, or markers.

  • Scrap fabric: Sew scraps of fabric together to make a Christmas tree skirt, stockings, or gift bags.

  • Old magazines: Cut out pictures from old magazines and decoupage them onto ornaments, coasters, or picture frames.
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Upcycled Items

Upcycling, which is the process of transforming unwanted or discarded materials into new, useful, and often valuable products, is a great way to reduce waste and give new life to old objects.

For example:

  • Wine bottles: Paint wine bottles and use them as vases or candlesticks. You can also add glitter, ribbon, or other embellishments for a festive touch.

  • Light bulbs: Remove the filament from light bulbs and paint them to look like snowmen, reindeer, or Santa Claus. These make adorable ornaments or table decorations.

  • Old books: Stack old books together and use them as a Christmas tree stand. You can also decoupage them with festive paper or paint them a festive color.

  • Broken jewelry: Use broken jewelry to make ornaments, garlands, or even a Christmas tree topper. This is a sentimental way to reuse old treasures.

  • Old clothes: Cut old clothes into strips and use them to make a wreath. You can also sew them into stockings, gift bags, or table runners.

Tips for Sustainable Christmas Decor

I. Shop local: When buying decorations, look for shops that sell locally made or recycled items. This supports small businesses and reduces your carbon footprint.

II. Buy natural or organic materials: Avoid decorations made with plastic or other harmful chemicals. Natural materials are biodegradable and safer for your home environment.

III. Make your own decorations: It is a fun and creative way to save money and personalize your Christmas decorations.

IV. Reuse decorations year after year: Store your decorations carefully after Christmas so you can use them again next year. This reduces waste and saves you money in the long run.

v. Donate or give out decorations you no longer want: If you have decorations you no longer need, donate them to a charity or thrift store. This gives them a new life and allows someone else to enjoy them.

In Conclusion

When we choose eco-friendly decorations, we make Christmas a more sustainable holiday for ourselves and the planet. 

So I invite you to subscribe to a happy and healthy Christmas!

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