30 Nov Four Simple Ways to Have A Sustainable Holiday Season
The holiday season is here. Whether you’re hitting the shops for gifts or perfecting your holiday dishes, it’s important to remember to continue a sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few tips to keep you on track while making the most of the holiday season.
Remember to Turn Off the Lights
Planning on putting up holiday lights to make your home sparkle? Make sure to turn them off when the sun is out, or whenever you feel you don’t need them on. This could be when you’re asleep or even when there’s no one in the house. Using up loads of energy can happen very easily when running multiple holiday, power-operated decorations. You can use a plug-in timer so you don’t have to worry about it each day. Another alternative to save energy when using holiday lights is to use LED lights. LED lights use less energy than halogen or incandescent lights.
Minimize Gift-Giving Waste
Gifting food or drinks and using recycled paper for your gift-wrapping needs are two simple ways you can live sustainably during the holidays. Consumable or non-material gifts such as food, gift cards to a favorite restaurant, massage packages, or tickets to an event are great ways to gift something unique while minimizing waste. Another great way is to use recycled wrapping paper for all your gifts. Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S. alone. Wrappily is an eco-friendly company that uses recycled paper to create giftwrap with gorgeous patterns that can be used for any occasion.
The holidays are a time for practicing gratitude for what you have, as well as sharing gifts with loved ones. Giving the gift of a charitable donation close to someone’s heart can mean a lot. A great option is Toys for Tots. This organization has been able to deliver countless toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children with the help of donations. Another great way to give back to your community this year is to donate to a food drive. Feeding America makes it easy for you to find a food drive near you.
Bring Sustainable Products to Your Holiday Table
Bringing sustainability to your holiday table can be as simple and delicious as all of your usual holiday recipes. All Wild Selections® products are wild caught, sustainably sourced, and compliment a variety of classic holiday dishes. Bring a delicious wild caught dinner dish that all your friends and family are sure to enjoy, or perhaps bring a wild caught appetizer to start off the holiday feast.
Whether you choose to give back to your community, incorporate sustainable ingredients into holiday recipes, or minimize your overall waste, you will be working toward a more sustainable world. Follow us on Facebook at Wild Selections, or on Instagram at @wildselectionsfoods for delicious holiday recipe ideas.