With the Shopping Season creeping up like a hungry “Liger” (half Lion/half Tiger), I thought it would be fun to start thinking of ways we can make our Holidays more sustainable. We can give really cool stuff that people want, all while sending a powerful message out into the consumer universe. Together we can change the world, one purchase at a time.
1) Instead of bottles of wine, give Holiday LED light bulbs. They save your loved ones dollars, and are always desirable. As lighting represents 20% of the electrical expense in your home, you are showing you care about your friends, and your planet. If everyone in the U.S. used energy-efficient lighting, we could retire 90 average size power plants. Saving electricity reduces CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide and high-level nuclear waste.
2) Instead of Jewelry, give Programmable Thermostats. There are so many sizes and styles to choose from. A programmable thermostat can save your loved one $180 on their energy costs. You don’t have to spend $200+ to get a good one. What better way to tell someone you love them than adding to their comfort level while reducing their expenses and giving them a tool to save the world.
3) Bring Back the Holiday Sweater! When you wear a heavy sweater indoors, you can comfortably lower your thermostat. Every degree you can lower your thermostat you can reduce your heating costs by 1%. Who doesn’t look extremely awesome in a Holiday sweater? Paired with a Santa Hat and some full octane Eggnog, you could be in for an epic night.
4) Use (and Re-Use) Gift bags as wrapping. Two Million tons of wrapping paper is used every year in the United States alone. It takes about 15 trees to make one ton of wrapping paper, so we kill about 30 million trees to make wrapping paper. Sadly, most of that wrapping paper has a metallic coating so it cannot be recycled. My husband has suggested that I can wrap his gift in Lunchmeat. “Then it’s like Two Presents!” I am not sure what kind of biohazard that might turn into under your tree or what your pet might do to it, but you might have someone on your shopping list whose fingers are crossed that their gift will show up enveloped in ham, please remember sharing is caring and send me a note of how you pulled that one off.
I hope your Holiday is amazing, your days merry, and the entire Season is Green.