Check out these eco friendly holiday decorating tips – so you can decorate your home for the holidays without creating unnecessary waste that is bad for the environment.
Are you the type who loves to go all out with holiday decorating – the Christmas tree, the lights indoors and out, figurines, holiday dishes and everything? Or are you more of minimalist – keeping your holiday décor basic and simple?
Personally, I’m somewhere in between. While I love the holiday traditions and special ornaments to put out every year, I don’t love clutter or excessive decorating. And while I enjoy the twinkling lights that brighten up the dark winter nights, I’m not a fan of gaudy holiday inflatables or crazy light displays!
Whatever your holiday decorating style, there’s one thing we should all agree on – finding a way to reduce waste from holiday decorations and wrapping.
Every year, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the amount of trash produced in the United States increases by about 25%, or about 1 million extra tons per week? 
Bottom line: the holiday season is NOT a good thing for the environment.
Yet, every store you visit at this time of year – be it gift stores, drug stores, grocery stores, warehouse stores, or home improvement stores – they all think we need MORE HOLIDAY STUFF!!
Can you relate? Are you a little overwhelmed with all.the.stuff. in every store? Are you ready to be more mindful with your holiday decorating this year?
Eco Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips
Here are a few ideas to help you step back from the BUY, BUY, BUY mentality and still be able to decorate your home in eco-friendly holiday style!
Nature provides a bounty of free decorating materials – we just need to remember to use them! Think pine cones, evergreen boughs, holly berries, citrus fruit and fresh mistletoe. I even throw in stones, bark, shells and wood on my mantel!
No need to spend a bunch of money to make a home look pretty for the holidays. If you are in need of ideas, check out this list of 32 eco-friendly homemade ornament ideas or these homemade holiday garlands. Now get busy!! (or if DIY is not your thing, buy handmade ornaments and holiday decor on Etsy!)
Raid Grandma’s Attic
You never know what you might find in those dusty boxes up in the attic. You could very well find some gorgeous heirloom decorations! Some of our most precious holiday decorations are those that have been passed down from the generations.
Why buy something brand-spankin’ new when you can find loads of cute holiday decorations at thrift, consignment and antique stores. Be sure to check Craigslist and eBay too! I’m partial to vintage glass ornaments myself!
Less is More
It’s easy to get caught up in the decorating madness and buy a whole bunch of new decorations each year because they’re cute or on sale. In my humble opinion, simple and straightforward is much better than gaudy and packed to the gills. I usually buy one or two special ornaments or decorations a year and leave it at that. No ceramic holiday teapots around here!
Reuse! Reuse! Reuse!
It kills me when I hear of people doing a whole new themed Christmas tree each year. What do they do with the old stuff? Besides, part of the fun is pulling out all those special decorations that go on the tree year after year. For me, reusing is the only way to go! (Speaking of reusable – skip the wasteful wrapping paper, and try these reusable, eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas too!)
What strategies do you use to make your holiday decorating more eco-friendly?
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