9 Simple Ways to Green Your Holiday

As you gear up for the holidays, you may be wondering how to make your celebrations eco-friendly. Here are some tips on how to “green” your holiday celebrations.

1. Just say no to disposable bags.

Bring a reusable bag when heading out to the store for some holiday shopping.

2. Make your own gift tags

Make unique and recyclable gift tags by reusing the front of old holiday cards.

3. Step away from the wrapping paper.

Wrap your gifts in recyclable materials, such as magazine ads, old maps or newspaper, or in reusable items, such as cloth bags, scarves or tablecloths.

4. Reuse wrapping paper you receive.

Save used wrapping paper for next year, or use it to store delicate holiday decorations.

5. Plant a tree.

Use a potted spruce or evergreen if a tree is a holiday tradition in your family; they can be planted in the garden afterward.

6. Go natural.

Decorate with everyday foods, such as cranberries, popcorn, nuts and fruit, which can be composted after the holidays. You can also go out in nature and collect items to decorate with, such as pine cones or acorns.

7. DIY your gifts.

Make your own gifts: paintings, knitted or crocheted items, jams, preserves or baked goods. Your recipient will appreciate the time and effort put into their gift.

8. Give the gift of experience.

Give “experience gifts”¯ like tickets to the local theatre, a concert or sports event, or gift certificates to local restaurants or spas.

9. Give charitable gifts.

Donate to a charity in someone’s name. NCC’s Gifts of Canadian Nature are unique symbolic gifts of habitat and species, and perfect for the nature lover on your list.

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A version of this post was written by Amy Anastasopoulos and originally appeared on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s blog, Land Lines.


Caitlin L
Caitlin L3 months ago

thank you

Henry M
Henry M3 months ago

One great way to make your Christmas shopping green and ethical: buy at charity thrift stores. The products are used, so their is only minimal environmental impact in buying them, the prices are dirt cheap, and what money you do spend goes to a good cause in your community like helping the homeless or giving job training to the disabled.

Emma L
Emma L3 months ago


Chad Anderson
Chad A3 months ago

Thank you.

Clare O
Clare O3 months ago

no wrapping papers

Sophie A
Sophie A3 months ago


Lesa D
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you Amy...

Barbara S
Barbara S3 months ago


Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Some great suggestions,thanks for sharing

Mike R
Mike R3 months ago