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4 Simple Ideas For A Sustainable Holiday Season

4 Simple Ideas For A Sustainable Holiday Season

With the holiday season now in full swing, you might find the length of your to-do-list in direct conflict with your desire to tread more lightly on the earth and live sustainably as you go in search of that perfect gift, that perfect tree, and even the perfect ingredients for your holiday meal.

While is might be stressful, the holiday season is the perfect time to take advantage of the resources and businesses that support the same goals that you do.

As I wrote about last week, one of the simplest ways to start is to buy from local businesses. Buying from local businesses rather than at chain stores or online, keeps money in the community, and helps local economies because these businesses are more likely to buy from local suppliers, hire these local service providers, and of course hire employees.

I also included this list of web sites that list independents by business type, to get you started:

American Bookseller’s Association

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)

Independent Coffee, Music, Movies, and Organic Food

If you are worried about where to eat because you are too busy to get in the kitchen to make the kind of meals that you want to, you can have dinner at a Certified Green Restaurant in your city knowing that you are still supporting sustainable food.

If you are concerned about where that Christmas tree is grown, you can get your tree at a local Christmas tree farm. There are almost 5,000 choose and cut tree farms in the United States. Not only are you supporting a local business, but, each tree that is harvested is replaced with new seedlings, and the tree farms themselves absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. When the season is over real trees are usually chipped and used in mulch for landscaping.

Or, you can even rent one. An example is The Living Christmas Company in the Los Angeles area. It is committed to sustainability in everything it does. The company even delivers its living trees in a bio-diesel truck and also sells environmentally friendly ornaments, LED holiday lights, recycled ribbons, and fair trade ornaments as well.

You can also give the perfect gift for those who tend the earth or care about how it is tended, by giving your friends and loved ones sustainable, local, food and farm gifts and by giving the urban farmer or gardener in your life new tools to make the job easier.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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8:40PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Local is always better!
Thank You!

3:17PM PST on Dec 18, 2011


8:45PM PST on Dec 14, 2011


8:54PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

I'm making my own theraputic and organic oils and lotions for my family based on their health issues and needs. If anyone knows any good receipes, pass them on! ;D

2:20PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas

4:25AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

I made a grapevine Christmas tree when we stopped bringing a live one into the house. 25 years later the grapevine tree is still being used.

3:48AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

eat vegetarian or vegan this christmas :)

1:18AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

I think outdoor christmas trees are always the prettiest

11:17PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

If you love yourself and the planet its no trouble or worry at all..thanks

10:14PM PST on Dec 6, 2011


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