Many of us are dreaming of a white Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be keeping green in mind too. While the festive season is often a time when we indulge, we should still keep in mind our footprint on the environment.
From Christmas trees, to gift wrapping, to cooking, there are many ways we can be more giving to our earth by making greener choices this season. Here are six ways you can have a green Christmas, whether the snow falls or not…
1. Cut Artificial Trees from your Home
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, both natural and man-made trees have their positives and negatives when it comes to environmental friendliness. However, while it may seem like a no-brainer to spare real trees as they contribute to producing the oxygen we breathe, a study cited by the foundation reads differently.
According to the study by Ellipsos, using artificial trees impacts the environment (due to resource depletion) three times more than using real trees! This is based on a life of 6-years for your artificial tree. If you’re buying a real tree, make sure you buy local, and consider getting a tree from areas that must be kept clear of trees due to regulations (a permit may be needed).