How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

There are a lot of factors to being eco-friendly: reducing plastic use, recycling what you can, and reusing/repurposing anything else. In the holiday season, it's harder to live eco-friendly. We have some great tips for being eco-friendly while decorating for the holidays.

1. Use Fruit

Oranges, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

Traditional Christmas decorations involve a lot of fruit. Try drying out orange slices or stringing together cranberries! It'll give you a more authentic, traditional holiday feeling while staying sustainable.

2. Stay with Paper

Paper, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

When you're making holiday decorations, it's much more sustainable to make things out of paper than plastic or styrofoam. Try making snowflakes with paper straws or light covers with paper cups. It's much more sustainable than traditional DIY Christmas decorations.

3. Avoid Paraffin Candles

Candles, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

Scented candles are a great way to add ambience. Many candles are made from paraffin wax. Paraffin is made from petroleum, a major issue for the environment. If you're lighting candles this holiday season, make sure to use ones made from soy wax or beeswax.

4. Use LED Lights

Christmas Lights, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

Traditional Christmas lights aren't made to be efficient -- they're just made to be cute! You can have the cute holiday vibes without the harm to the environment. LED lights are much more efficient and they use less electricity. They're better for the environment and your wallet.

5. Thrift it

Thrifted Mug, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations

This is where reusing comes in! Go to your local second-hand store and find cute stuff. This way, you aren't adding to plastic production for your holiday decorations. Remember, you can always repurpose things!

Being eco-friendly can seem especially difficult in the holiday season. These tips are sure to help you decorate for the holidays while staying eco-friendly.

Have you tried out these tips for being eco-friendly? Take a picture and tag us on Instagram, we love hearing from you!

Denise, How to be Eco-Friendly: Holiday Decorations