In the season of giving, how can you give back to the earth? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most wasteful. We have 5 easy tips for a more sustainable holiday and how your gifting can be greener:

1. Gifts that Give Back

Choose gifts that are eco-friendly and won’t damage the environment. Our team has a few gift suggestions for those on your list:

  • Gifts that save energy: Smart thermostats help users monitor their energy usage, saving energy and money. We recommend the Emerson Sensi-Touch with Wifi.
  • Gifts that reduce waste: For the cook, great recipes and tips reduce waste in the kitchen with the Zero-Waste Cookbook.
  • Gifts that are multi-use: Make it easier to reuse and reduce single-use waste with eco-friendly cups like the KeepCup Travel Mug.

2. Creative Gift Wrapping

Skip the traditional wrapping paper this year. Wrapping paper is usually a single-use product, thrown away after the gift is opened. Try alternatives like: reusable decorative tins and boxes or designing a scavenger hunt to find the gift.

3. Give Experiences

Consider giving gifts that don’t need to be wrapped at all. Memberships to local museums, gardens or the zoo make great family gifts that can be used throughout the year.

4. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Many of our holiday decorations and supplies can be used year after year. Designate a place for holiday storage and make it easier to stow away and find holiday items each year.

5. Plan Ahead for Errands

The hustle and bustle is real this time of year. Try to consolidate your trips and errands to reduce emissions. And don’t forget your reusable shopping bag.