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Smart Green Holiday: Tips, Ideas, and Resources by Erin

by Erin, posted to Home

Give a little something to Mother Earth this holiday season. Even the "little things" can go a long way as far as being green. You don't need to do it all. Just make a little dent in having a little less waste, a little smarter lighting and a little greener gift. Here are some ideas.


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Silk Artificial Trees – Palm, Christmas, etc.

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Artificial palm trees, Christmas trees, bonsai trees, etc. Silk...more

Suggested by Doug Hopeman

We are worthy because we sell Christmas trees that will last forever. Recyclers have also perfected the ability to start recycling pvc and within 10 years these products we be heading to the recycling bin to be re-purposed as you desire.

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Silk Artificial Trees – Palm, Christmas, etc.

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Artificial palm trees, Christmas trees, bonsai trees, etc. Silk...more

Suggested by Doug Hopeman

We are worthy because we sell Christmas trees that will last forever. Recyclers have also perfected the ability to start recycling pvc and within 10 years these products we be heading to the recycling bin to be re-purposed as you desire.

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Artisan built wooden Christmas trees that are beautiful, simple and...more

Sustainable, eco-alternative Christmas trees that are a great option for holiday and seasonal celebrations.

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Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Options | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

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Q: Are there any good eco-friendly options for a Christmas tree? We...more

This is a question on Re-Nest and there are some great eco-friendly responses for those that want an eco-friendly Christmas "tree".

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A Gift I would LOVE to Get: Kendra Scott Tigers Eye Tassle Necklace

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Such a unique statement necklace. It comes in several colors, but the tigers eye is my fave!

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Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Options | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

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Q: Are there any good eco-friendly options for a Christmas tree? We...more

This is a question on Re-Nest and there are some great eco-friendly responses for those that want an eco-friendly Christmas "tree".

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Gift Idea: Crunch a Color

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For less than the cost of a pizza, you can completely change the...more

Green from the inside out -- makes it fun to eat your greens and made with recycled paper and non-toxic inks.

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Healthy Hip Mom | Stylish Green Gifting

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Raw Materials Designs Giftbag filled with your homemade goodness....more

A homemade gift is heartfelt, and you can add a little chic with "wrap" that doubles as a gift.

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Not only does the planet-friendly fabric bag store much easier than a...more

These reusable fabric bags come in different sizes and designs, and are pretty affordable - they're about the same price as throwaway gift bags.

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Green Holiday Tips from Sierra Club

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Green holiday tips and gift ideas from Sierra Club for Valentine's...more

There are some great (and practical) green holiday tips on this list from Sierra Club including feasting on organic & locally grown food, making your own wrapping paper & recycling your Christmas tree.

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Outdoor Plug-In Timers

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Use an outdoor light timer to make sure the lights only go on when you want them on. Helps make sure you hard work is on when it gets dark, and automatically turned off at bedtime!

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Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees - Earth911.com

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Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle,...more

I always thought that an artificial tree would be better for the environment. This may not be the case. Check out this post for a great read on the pros and cons of Real vs. Artificial trees.

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Energy-saving Christmas lights - Sunset.com

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Eco-friendly, low-energy ideas for holiday lights, from solar string...more

Hours of sparkle for a fraction of the energy. Check out these great ideas for low energy holidays lights. Info on where to purchase, etc.

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Green Gift Wrapping

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Question: Have you used any of these green ideas for holiday gift...more

Check here to see who has tried these great ideas.

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Decor: A Dozen DIY Wreaths

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am loving all of the ideas circling 'round the internet having to do...more

Suggested by Larissa

These wreaths are surprisingly cute and "easy" to make (if I were crafty and owned a glue gun), most homemade wreaths I've seen are pretty cheesy and bedazzled.

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Decorations: Recycled Newspaper Ornaments

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This paper star ornament is made from recycled, color newspaper...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

I LOVE this. They come in different sizes for different purposes. Beautiful on a Christmas tree, hung somewhere, on a table, in a bowl. Eco-friendly or not, this makes a great gift to yourself or someone else.

Penelope Poet: These are so festive and beautiful!

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Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm

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Suggested by Darya Mead

We LOVE this spot --it's family run and we make an annual pilgrimage. It's between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, CA on the coast

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Hanging Terrarium with Tillandsia Planting Kit featured in Dwell

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Poinsettias are too on-point for a holiday shindig. These ornamental...more

Suggested by Penelope Poet

Creative terrarium globes have a unique, tiny world appeal that can spark the imagination of all ages.

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Fun Facts About Christmas Trees and Evergreens | Akin To Green

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Christmas trees are evergreens, which mean they retain their foliage...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

Interesting post that outlines why a real Xmas tree is not necessarily worse. For example, buying real trees encourages more planting of trees. Also real trees are 100% biodegrada­ble; artificial ones are not.

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