On a site that focuses on environmentalism I’m not going to encourage you to be a baller this holiday season. Over-consumption is a major problem in our society, as we learned in “Story Of Stuff” and in the end it doesn’t make people love you more anyway. I will tell you if you buy something this holiday season you should do it as eco-consciously as possible. Or you can just buy nothing!
A few things to remember or try:
- Consider the recycled-content of the items you buy. Recycled-content purchases encourage recycled-content production.
- Buy a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.
- Make purchases without a lot of packaging.
- Even if you buy nothing you can still give. Volunteer at a shelter. Also hugs count as gifts…and they are free!
- Consider giving food as a gift in reusable containers.
- Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. If you buy non-rechargeable batteries don’t throw them out when they’re dead! Here’s why.
- ALWAYS consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheap stuff breaks and creates waste!
- Peer pressure is for kids and conformity is for sheep. If you don’t want to participate in gift giving that involves buying things this holiday season then don’t. Be an individual. Get creative.
- Invest in an event or time spent together. We remember good times with loved ones more than socks or watches.
- Make your own garlands from strung popcorn or cranberries. After the holidays, compost it.
- If a child in your life will enjoy the box a plastic toy comes in more than the toy- give them a box instead!
- Skip the wrapping paper. Give a gift in a reusable bag!
- Show loved ones they are loved all year round instead of just buying things during the holidays.