5 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly During the Holiday Season

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1. Use an Artificial Tree

If you are used to getting a real tree every year, this is something you should stop. Using a real tree contributes to deforestation, and tree farms and the harvesting of Christmas trees is destructive of the environment. You can easily make the change by getting a synthetic tree. It will also save you money, because you will not have to go out and buy a new tree every year. There are plenty of synthetic trees that look just like the real thing. If you miss that "real tree" smell, you can buy essential oil of pine or fir and sprinkle it over your tree, or use it in a diffuser next to the tree, and it will smell just like Christmas.

2. Go Easy on the Christmas Lighting

This isn't to say you should not use Christmas lighting on your house at all, but you do not have to cover it from foundations to roof to make the place look festive. You can buy low-impact lights that do not take a lot of energy to use. These are usually blue and/or white lights, which give your house a mystical holiday glow. It is more low-key, but just as special and moving and full of holiday cheer. Those types of lights are like walking through the woods in the snow at night. Even better than the lesser impact they will have on the environment is the change they will make in your electric bill for the holidays. It will be much lower, keeping more money in your pocket to buy Christmas presents.

3. Go With Gift Bags

Instead of using wrapping paper, which is  a big waste of trees and other resources, use gift bags and tissue paper to bestow gifts on others. These bags and paper use less natural resources to make, and can also be re-used year after year. Make a habit of saving any gifts you receive in gift bags to reuse, and ask that those who receive gifts from you in gift bags to give them to you once they have received their gift, unless they plan to reuse the bag. This is a huge benefit for the environment, and it saves you money on buying wrapping paper.

4. Make Homemade Gifts

Everyone loves homemade gifts. They give such a nice personal touch that you just can't get from store-bought presents. Make the people on your list things like food, ceramics, baskets, gifts made from sewing or other handicrafts, and even CDs of personalized music lists or videos or photos for them. If you don't know how to make anything, or don't want to, then use gift cards as gifts. The less consumer goods you actually buy from stores, the more you help the environment by reducing the demand for such things.

5. Use Green Pest Control Methods

When it comes to keeping your house pest-free over the holidays, go with proven “green”  methods that are easier on the environment, as well as on the people and pets who live in your home. Contact Natran Green Pest Control before the holiday season begins, to get your home treated with botanically based products -- and make sure the pests are gone before the guests arrive.

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