Holiday Tips from the Conservation Committee

Christmas Tree

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by 25%, so here are tips to make this the most wonderful—not wasteful—time of the year.

  • Use reusable bags when grocery shopping
  • Give a gift of charity/donation rather than a material item
  • Give a gift of an experience (show tickets, massage….)
  • Shop local businesses to avoid the extra energy, packaging, and shipping cost that goes into ordering online from a large retailer.
  • Consider an E-Christmas card
  • Use LED/Solar/energy efficient lights to decorate outdoors
  • Don’t leave Christmas tree lights on all day – use a timer
  • Use sustainable/recyclable gift wrap – butcher paper and twine!
  • Recycle ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper or use treasures from nature to decorate your holiday packages
  • Reuse shipping boxes
  • Buy rechargeable batteries for gifts that require batteries
  • Avoid using disposable plates/utensils at holiday gatherings
  • Show party guests where your recycle bin is for beverage cans, etc…
  • Donate your leftovers to a homeless shelter
  • Burn clean beeswax or soy candles
  • And after it’s all over, be sure to put your tree out for pick up for coastal restoration reuse!