Green Tips: How to Buy Green this Holiday Season

Green Tips | November 21, 2018

The holiday season is upon us! During this time of year, Americans spend extravagant amounts on holiday shopping as we buy presents, host parties and take advantage of holiday-season discounts. Americans, in particular, spend big. According to the National Sales Federation, we spent $691.9 billion between November and December of last year on holiday shopping. Picking the perfect present for your loved ones can be stressful but with this guide, you can make a statement this year by giving greener gifts, decreasing your carbon footprint and helping the environment!

Shop local. While online shopping can save you time, gas, and a trip to the store, don’t forget that your package has to travel to your door. This can create a massive carbon footprint even when you don’t leave your home. Save yourself the “shopping miles” and support the local economy. Try local shops for unique gifts that won’t need to travel far to get to your door.

Bring reusable bags. Bringing reusable shopping bags is one great way to reduce plastic bag consumption during the busy shopping season. If you keep forgetting your bags at home or in the car when you shop, you can always ask for a large bag at the first store you go to and then use it for all of your purchases during your shopping trip.

Buy experiences. Do you have a family member or friend who is impossible to shop for? Give them a present you know they’ll love this year by offering them a new experience. Experiential gifts can be way more memorable than “new stuff.” Consider gift certificates for spa services, restaurants, tickets for amusement parks and concerts, or even a membership for the gym.

Give back. The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend quality time with your loved ones, reflect, and be thankful. One way to show your appreciation for your friends and family is to offer your time to someone busy, volunteer, or donate to a charity in someone’s name.

Skip the gift wrap.  Gift wrapping paper is a staple of holiday gift giving, but the delicate paper ends up getting tossed away very quickly. Instead, put gifts in reusable packagings, such as baskets, bags, or fabric wrappers in order to reduce waste. Also consider, gift wrapping paper made from recycled materials for a green alternative.

For more ideas on green gifting, check this out.


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