The holidays are a stressful time of over-consumption and preparation. The waste that is typically produced from this season has a huge impact on the earth so Hula is putting together a pop-up of some of our favourite sustainable brands (and of course our own stock) to make gifting to friends and family a little smarter this year. Read on for tips on how to make each component of your holiday season more sustainable:
Holidays are a wonderful time to spread joy via a card. Even though the thought is certainly there, these typically are thrown away at the end of the season. This is a lot of waste that could be avoided with an e-card. If you are hell-bent on sending traditional holiday spirit, avoid glitter at all costs. Glitter is plastic that is almost impossible to recycle and typically ends up in the oceans.
Artificial trees are the most straightforward way to get a sustainable Christmas tree. Of course, this can be difficult to store. That is why there are rental services that offer tree rental for the holiday season. There is also always the option of using a less traditional tree such as growing your own tree or plant. This can be a way to be a bit more personal with your festivities and save space. If you are hard set on getting a traditional tree for Christmas, look out for the FCS-certification logo at the retailer. This guarantees that the tree you are buying is certified by the soil association and is pesticide free.
Feel free to be a bit creative with your trees if you are low on space. Making one out of found materials or lights can be mounted on a wall or placed in a cramped area. The best aspect of this is that it is easily stored and can be a family activity to assemble.
Utilising the outdoors is an easy, cost-effective and sustainable. Foliage is festive, naturally fragrant and brings general warmth into the home. This is much more eco-friendly than purchasing traditional decorations that are typically plastic.
Making or purchasing decorations that will last year after year is the ideal way to keep decorations eco-friendly. Steer away from plastic and focus on wood or paper decorations, or why don’t you have a fun baking time with the kids and hang up gingerbread men? There are plenty of creative ways to spice up a tree without having to make a trip to the store.
Food is undeniably one of the best aspects of the holiday season. This is where planning is paramount! Make sure not to over-buy and stick to a serious shopping list. Left-overs? Why not donate to a soup kitchen or craft a large Frankenstein style meal over the next few weeks? The fewer left-overs, the better – so, eat up
Wrapping presents is some people’s favourite way (or least favourite depending on your Martha Stewart level) to show creativity and flair. Traditional wrapping paper and ribbons are always thrown away and are difficult to re-use. Consider utilising boxes or bags already in your possession or a fabric scarf to wrap a gift. This way, gift wrappings can be reused as long as possible or easily recycled.
Wrapping paper can be easily recycled as long as it is free of foil, glitter or tape. Being mindful of the wrapping you choose can make a huge difference so try to save as much as possible this year when opening gifts. Using a simple brown paper or newspaper can be a rustic and stylish way to wrap a gift with a simple fabric ribbon or string.
No one can deny that the holidays are a time of giving. The holidays can mean just as much (if not more) if you decide to give home-made gifts. People tend to over-buy during the holidays and give gifts out of feeling of necessity over thoughtfulness. There is nothing more thoughtful than a home-made gift that feels personal. This means no plastic packaging, no shipping and a gift that will not be thrown away after a year (hopefully).
If you aren’t the crafty type, buying from local or sustainable brands is the best way to gift consciously. Supporting companies that are steeped in giving back to the earth can make the holidays a guilt-free commerce experience. Companies like Hula (of course!) are dedicated to offering sustainable gifting options.
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