7 Tips for Sustainable Holiday Decorating

We love the holiday season – it’s one of our favorite times of the year. That said, when it comes to decor, it’s easy to get swept up in the holiday cheer and make some not-so-sustainable choices for your health, your home, or the planet. Read on to discover our top seven tips for sustainable holiday decorating.

1. Buy a real tree

Artificial trees are typically shipped from overseas, and because they’re made of plastic, they will eventually end up in a landfill. Real trees are more sustainable as they are biodegradable and can be recycled. Try buying yours from a local tree farm.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Tree Farm 1

2. Shop secondhand

We love perusing thrift shops for unique holiday decor. We recommend keeping an eye out year round – some of our favorite finds were discovered during the summer months.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Wreath

3. Bring the outdoors inside

Head out on a hike and you’re likely to find yourself surrounded by all sorts of beauty. Branches, pinecones, berries, and driftwood are all examples of natural elements that look gorgeous when displayed indoors. An added bonus? They can be composted once you’re finished with them.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Natural

4. Opt for LED lights

When adding lights to your decor, use energy efficient bulbs. They last longer than incandescent and use significantly less energy.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Lights

5. Use repurposed packaging

Consider using paper bags, newspaper, or fabric as gift wrap for your packages. Tie them with twine or upcycled ribbon, then add fresh greenery for a festive touch.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Package

6. Choose beeswax candles

When displaying candles, we recommend choosing varieties made of beeswax, rather than paraffin (which is petroleum based).

Sustainable Holiday Decor Candle

7. Create your own all-natural ornaments

Dried oranges and cinnamon dough shapes are made easily in the oven, and look beautiful when hung on the tree or added to strands of garland.

Sustainable Holiday Decor Cinnamon Dough 2

We’d love to know… What are your tips for sustainable holiday decorating?


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