Sustainable Holiday Practices

November 26, 2010 at 1:25 am Leave a comment

Americans throw away 25% more trash during Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season than at any other time of the year. This amounts to 25 million tons of trash! In an effort to help reduce this waste, Kanu Hawaii and Kokua Hawaii Foundation have teamed up for the third year to challenge people to Simplify the Holidays. Here are their suggestions.

  • Use a locally grown or potted Christmas tree.
  • Get off junk mail lists to save paper, trees, and our climate.
  • Use reusable or biodegradable products instead of disposables for my parties.
  • Set up recycling bins at my holiday parties.
  • Give four gifts of plants or food instead of buying other items.
  • Give three gifts of time (e.g., ukulele lessons or a massage) instead of buying items.
  • Start an eco-friendly holiday tradition.
  • Reuse materials like newspaper, paper bags, maps, etc., for gift wrapping.
  • Package gifts in reusable bags.
  • Use energy-efficient LED Christmas lights to decorate my home or tree.
  • Create holiday cards from reusable materials or send paperless greetings via e-mail.
  • Organize a Secret Santa gift exchange, instead of buying gifts for all of my friends, family, coworkers, etc..
  • Make three gifts instead of buying new items.
  • Shop for gently used gifts instead of buying new items.
  • Combine errands to use less fuel.
  • Take my own reusable bag for all shopping purposes.
  • Make at least one donation to a local non-profit on behalf of friends and family.
  • Give three needed items to less fortunate families.
  • Volunteer at least three hours of my time.
  • Recycle my Christmas tree as green waste.
  • Bring a 100% local dish to a holiday party.
  • Host an Eat Local holiday party.
  • .

  • Shop at locally owned stores.
  • Purchase handmade gifts from local artisans and crafters.
  • Journal on kanuhawaii.org about my efforts to simplify the holidays.
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