Whether you're decking the halls with extravagant Christmas decorations, or hurriedly tossing up one little Charlie Brown-style Xmas tree, you can go green this year with just a few simple decorating tips.
Christmas trees shipped in from China are made of petroleum-based chemicals -- many even contain lead. Instead, bring a potted evergreen indoors to decorate, then place it outside after the holidays. Also, an organically grown cut tree will spare your family the pesticides and chemicals that douse many conventional trees (find an organic grower at Local Harvest). Remember, any cut tree can be "treecycled" into mulch or compost. More »
2. Recycled Wrapping PaperThe amount of household garbage in the U.S. increases by about one million tons between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and much of that is packaging. There are lots of wrapping papers and ribbons that are made of 100 percent recycled waste, and gift bags are a great reusable option. If you’re feeling creative, think outside the box you’re wrapping: You can use old maps, comics, magazines, wallpaper, Christmas cards, crossword puzzles, posters, sheet music, even towels and napkins to wrap a gift.
LED lights use just 10 percent of the energy of older incandescent bulbs, and because they run cooler they’re also a bit safer. And newer LED lights can be used both indoors and out. More »