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Going Green for The Holidays
I am very excited to announce that Jenron Designs has teamed up with Arhaus. This month I will be sharing my decorating tips on, Going Green for The Holidays.
Did you know that Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve? It is not that hard to make sustainable holiday choices while decorating, traveling, sending cards, or even choosing and wrapping holiday gifts. When you save energy and resources, you are choosing to protect the environment to safeguard life, now and for the future.
Use LED lights that you can use for years to come; make the most energy efficient choice. Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first.
I really love decorating for the holidays, and lately I have started to make the conscience decision to slowly integrate LED lights into our holiday lighting. I will admit, I was not a fan of the original LED holiday lights when they first came out. I was very unimpressed with the color value they provided; which was very stark, with a ton of cool blue undertones, not the traditional warm white holiday lights I grew up loving. As advancements have been made in the technology, I now find that the warm white LED’s rival that of the traditional white incandescents. As you can see, with my newest tree below.LED lights are also safer for pets and children, since they are usually low voltage. Plus, they do not heat up like the traditional lights, so they are unlikely to catch fire in dry holiday trees or flocked trees. I also have found they last up to 10x longer; which also means less glass and metal going into a landfill, not to mention all the money they will save you on your energy bill.
Decorate creatively and inexpensively with natural materials from your yard or with items you already own.
I rotate my holiday picks and recycle my ribbons from tree to tree in different combinations to create new looks each year. The red snowflake ribbon shown below was utilized on an outdoor wreaths for the last 2 Christmas seasons. While it is still in good shape, we brought it back inside to our Nostalgic Woodland Tree. This makes my trees appear different every year; while being cost effective by recycling the ribbon for another year.
Wrap Smarter, and Recycle Your Gift Bags
I think we all recycle pretty gift bags and ribbon bows that we receive. The ribbon is so easy to roll it back up and save it for next year unlike the sticky bows of years past. This is another great way to save on waste going to the landfill. Also you can get creative with your gift wrapping, maybe use a scarf as the paper which is also a gift for the recipient. A leftover paper towel tube works great for those hard to wrap small items. I have also been known to cut up paper bags and wrap a gift or two with the brown side out. I also know a lot parents have started to use, reusable Santa sacks, that are left out under the tree for Santa Claus to fill up on Christmas Eve. However, as a child I seem to remember Santa never wrapped any of my gifts, but since I was the only child in my household I guess there was no confusion on who got what on Christmas morning.
Buy a living tree you can plant outside or keep as a houseplant after the holidays.
While celebrating our first Christmas in our home, we purchased a dozen small live trees to decorate with throughout the house. Since we had no landscaping in our back yard at the time they were planted after the holidays were over. We planted all of our little Italian Pines, to be used as a naturalized buffer between our yard and the woodland creekside directly behind our home. As you can see in the past 3 years these little table top trees have grown about 2-3 feet tall.
So, how do you go green for the holidays?
Something really cool that Arhaus is doing is partnering with the American Forest Foundation to plant more trees in our depleted forests. Arhaus, really is a company devoted to this mission, and their sectional sofas are just a few of their products that are made with 100% organic material. All of their dining tables are made using reclaimed wood, which helps to protect endangered rain forests. They encourage sustainable behavior every day, and have created a graphic that highlights different ways you can make your own home more eco-friendly, and for every purchase made during their in-store sale, Arhaus will plant a tree in partnership American Forests Foundation. From biodiversity to climate change, clean water to air quality. American Forests is a foundation that strives to save the forests and make a more sustainable life for all. There are so many ways that you can help make the planet more eco-friendly, and many efforts often start in your own home. Check out the infographic below for more details!