While joyous, the holidays can prove to be one of the most wasteful times of the year. According to Stanford University, between excess purchases, travel and the paper waste American’s produce about 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. However bad that may seem, there are small and easy ways to effectively counter holiday waste. Below are a few tips to stay eco-friendly and festive this holiday season.
Nothing signifies the coming of the holidays quite like the sight of colorful lights and decorations. Giving your salon a festive theme can be a blast. Yet, what can get lost is the amount of collateral waste that decorations can cause. Here are some things that you can practice to minimize your impact this year.
Be Energy Efficient
Choose your lights wisely. LED lights are wonderful looking, cost effective and eco-friendly. Energy Star rated products use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. That is not only great for the environment but also your wallet.
Bring the Outdoors In
Nothing says Christmas like the smell of freshly cut pine. Bring the wintery outdoors in by decorating your space with real garland, wreaths, or trees. This effort and authenticity will create a nice and cozy environment for your guests. For a step by step guide to creating your own wreath, click this link here.
Buy less, waste less. While walking through the store it can be hard to fight the urge to purchase new decorations, but try not to. Take what you already have and try to use it in new ways, be creative! Here is a list of ways you can repurpose old ornaments.
Wrap with Care
Finding the right wrapping paper can be what makes your gift perfect every year. Though they’re lovely, most glossy and glittery wrapping papers unfortunately are not easily recycled. Here is what you can do to give a gift sustainably.
It may seem simple but the homemade aesthetic of using newspaper, comic strip or pages of a colorful magazine may be exactly what will set your gift apart. Never underestimate the appreciation for homemade things!
Avoid using paper entirely by using reusable decorative tins, baskets or boxes. This in-turn can be reused or repurposed by whomever you gave the gift to.
Reusable cloth ribbons or burlap can be used in place of plastic bows. This bow can even be reused for other decorative purposes including craft projects, hair accessories and household decoration! Here is a “how to” guide to get you started.
Ecofriendly Wrapping Paper
Purchase ecofriendly or biodegradable wrapping paper made from post-consumer recycled materials. A notable brand of recyclable wrapping paper is Wrappily. Wrappily prints their gift wrap on local newspaper presses which uses less energy and ensures the paper can be recycled. They also have other holiday essentials like ribbon and twine in fantastic seasonal patterns.
It is important to keep in mind that simple acts can have a huge impact. By simply being conscious of the decisions you are making when gifting or decorate your space this year you can make a difference. To make sure you are being as ecofriendly friendly as possible this season, make sure you download our Holiday Recycling Guide here! Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Planning blog!
Have a safe and sustainable holiday!
Steve, Terri, & your PSC Family