Every Sunday from now until Yulemas, I'll be sharing a "Five Tips for the Season" post with some holiday eco-gift ideas for my EcoYogi peeps!
This week's theme is: Sparkling up the Yogi Pad
(The EcoYogini house rule is no Yulemas decorations until December 1st, so we still have some time!)
1. Real Trees Rock
You may be considering a fake tree, but if your holidays involve a Yulemas tree in their celebration, keep it real. Fake trees are made with plastic, sprayed to the nine's with nasty chemicals that will off gas in your home (and into your lungs) and have a scary carbon footprint.
Instead, look into supporting a local tree farmer. Local trees add precious oxygen in the air, are replenished continuously and involve less distance traveled. They can be composted at the end of the holidays and if you go organic no nasty chemicals will be a part of your celebrations. By purchasing a locally grown tree you're also putting money back into your community...which rocks. Check out this post for more discussion on the real-fake tree question.
In Halifax the Ecology Action Centre sells locally grown organic trees- it's not too late to order!
2. LED Lights are Best
Yes, LED lights are pricier, but they are so much easier on the environment and your power bill plus they won't catch your tree on fire. It's win-win!
With the 'warm' colour option, and the money you'll save over the long run, purchasing LED lights for your tree and home is a no-brainer. If the cost is a bit up front, decide to gradually switch over, or spread the word that you'd love to get them as gifts this year. One year we did exactly that for my mom and purchased four sets of LED lights as her gift.
3. Real Smells are Swell
I am so in love with Holiday scents, from cinnamon and clove to apple cider, I am a sucker for those fancy candles that will smell up the place. Unless you go with soy-based candles with natural wicks, most candles also add the yummy flavour of chemical and synthetic to the mix, upping your home's VOC rating drastically.
You know what works better? Actually making apple cider- which btw isn't that difficult to make (apple juice, apple slices, oranges with cloves, cinnamon sticks all simmering on a pot).
(Photo from Holes in your Socks DIY post on Pommander!)
Another option- in a spray bottle add water and cinnamon and clove essential oils (10 drops each). Whenever you want a whiff of holiday pizazz, give your room a little spritz around the edges!
4. Go Vintage
Check out second hand places like Value Village, Salvation Army or your parent's (grandparent's) attics and collect fun, handmade decorations or tree ornaments.
5. Quality over Time
Think about your holiday decorations as being an investment over time. The holidays happen every year, so allow yourself to slowly collect environmental, quality decorative pieces instead of giving in to the sparkly quick and cheap that is Canadian Tire.
Advent Calendar on Etsy- beautiful and it would last years!
What about it? Have any eco-home decoration tips you'd love to share?
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