Going Green for the Holidays
I am very excited to announce that Jenron Designs teamed up with Arhaus, for a very special edition of ASK THE DESIGNER. We are also excited to announce that we were featured on an American Forestry Infographic sharing our best holiday decorating tips on how we are, “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 your holiday gifts. When you save energy and resources, you are choosing to protect the environment, to safeguard life, now and for the future.
*Please note that this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here.
JENRON’S Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips:
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 LEDs 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 on dry live holiday trees or popular flocked trees. I also have found that LED’s 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.
THE BEST WARM WHITE LED LIGHTS & OTHER FUN LEDS:
Decorate creatively and inexpensively with natural materials from your yard or with items you already own.
Everyone knows that 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 use in our private bedroom. This process makes my trees appear different every year; while being cost effective by recycling the ribbon.
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 yet 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 tissue paper which is also a gift for the recipient. A leftover paper towel tube works great for those hard to wrap small items and can double and holiday poppers. I have also been known to cut up paper bags to wrap gifts with for some rustic charm. I also know a lot parents that 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.
MY FAVORITE SANTA SACKS:
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 backyard 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 is that Arhaus has partnered with the American Forest Foundation to plant more trees in our depleted forests. Check out our tips which have been featured on the graphic below that highlights different ways that you can make your own home more eco-friendly. 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 with my feature tips below: