Green Ideas for the Holidays

Green Ideas for the Holidays

We are excited that we were featured on an American Forestry Infographic sharing our best holiday decorating tips for Green Ideas for the Holidays.

Hello All, 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 we were featured on an American Forestry Infographic sharing our best holiday decorating tips on Green Ideas 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.Eco Green Holidays JENRON DESIGNS

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JENRON DESIGNS Green Ideas for the Holidays:

  • 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.

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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:

We hope you enjoyed this segment of Ask the Designer. Sign up for future Ask the Design ideas and more seasonal inspirations, here at our Email updates at this link!

LOVE this? Want to see more of my Pro Holiday Decorating Tip Here:

How to Make Your Artificial Flocked Tree Look Fuller

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Easy Tips To Organize Your Holiday Decor

 

 

 

286 Comments

  1. Daphne Floyd

    Congratulations on working with Arhaus, I love everything they sale, so much that I could go broke! I love that you are Doing the Go Green initiative too, what a great way to give and design pretty things.

  2. Wanda. Cain

    Good tips! I always love your articles.

  3. Katie Moore

    Thank you for sharing such a beneficial post for the holidays. This is the time of year for excess and we all need to be cogniscent of the repercussions of our actions.

  4. Hilary

    I love that your are taking the opportunity to use your beautiful home decorating for doing something good this holiday season. Congratulations on partnering with Arhaus and The American Forestry Foundation that is dynamic duo.

  5. roxana & marney

    Congratulations girl a partnership with Arhaus that is big account to work with, talk about the gateway to greatness.

  6. Jaime

    Love these suggestions for an environmentally friendly Christmas! You’re right – there’s SO much waste that goes on around the holidays. It’s definitely made me more conscious about what we consume, and how.
    xo Jaime

  7. We’re cramped for space, so I stopped putting up a tree several years back. We sometimes cut greenery from living evergreens to bring indoors. Or we’ll make a Yule log or set up decorations that can be used over and over. One final thing I like to do is to decorate a tree outside with things like cranberry strings and orange bird feeders, that the birds and other wildlife can enjoy 🙂

  8. Payton

    I love the planting a tree outside suggestion! Such a great idea. I grew up chopping down our family Christmas tree. As an adult, I have been more inclined to put up a fake tree because I can put it up whenever I wish. Plus they are way easier to “clean up” after. No needles. But the planting a tree outside is such a lovely way to give back, esp after all those years of cutting them down. Thank you for sharing!

  9. We switched to a phony prelim tree a couple years back. I miss the smell but I like that we’re saving trees. We also try to reuse a lot of gift wrapping/ bags/ etc so that stuff doesn’t go to landfill. I love the mission of Arhaus, thanks for sharing it.

  10. Chad

    These are great tips for equal logically friendly holiday. Nice post!

  11. SEOrority Girls

    Congratulations that is a good partnership for you.

  12. eden.leketola

    I adore Arhaus, and they really fit your style of design. The Going Green, post is perfect we do waste a lot this time of year, and we should all be cognizant of it. Thank you for embracing our environment while celebrating the holidays. Sometimes home design can be so wasteful, you are like a breath of fresh air when it comes to design ideas.

  13. There is so much waste during the holidays, thank you for writing an amazing post to help combat that

  14. Anna

    I am all for the environment and being green. Loved your tips on picking the Christmas Tree. Going to share it now

  15. I definitely do of all these already. I rotate color schemes each year. I love the idea of replanting trees!

  16. Wonderful tips!! Thank you for sharing!!

  17. I am so glad the led lights came out in a warmer white, they are perfect for the tree now :). We reuse gift bags and bows until they are no longer presentable…our girls even bring home unwrapped gifts to use what we have rather than buying excess wrapping supplies.

  18. I’m alway re-using wrapping paper and gift bags. I love the smell of real fir. But we switched to a fake one when I was a kid too.

  19. Ruthanne Parce

    Wow this is quite an honor my friend. Arhaus is a large company and for them to approach you that is wonderful. You are on your way now! Good luck in all your future endeavors.

  20. Messy Nest

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again!

  21. jewel

    This is a great collaboration for your company. I love that you are eco-blogger that is paying it forward to the environment, not just making a profit for your company through sales. The American Forestry Foundation is a great way to support going green, they get so little acknowledgment but do so much.

  22. The Busy Bee

    I work with American Forestry Foundation I am so happy that designers like you are willing to join us on our going green crusade. Thank you, and Happy holidays.

  23. Callie Zerto

    This is such a wonderful campaign that is hitting the market. I am so excited that Arhaus got some really quality bloggers that already have an eye for the environment, which is evident in there existing posts. You were already doing very environmentally conscience things in all your posts and your were rewarded for your good karma.

  24. Running Horse @Warm in my Wigwam

    You have a beautiful soul and your love for your fellow man shines through clearly in all of your articles. You clearly have no desire to market or commercialize yourself, which is so rare. You just provide beautifully writing, and informative posts that all can benefit from reading. Thank you for being you.

  25. Essy Brock

    I love that your are pairing with these two company’s for such a vital environmental movement. The American Forestry Foundation does a lot of good work.

  26. Allie Dunkin

    Great job on this post, I love all the super great holiday green ideas you provided. I too recycle my pretty gift bags and ribbon bows. Judging by your bows, I would think everyone that gets one would love and cherish them, as they are beautiful little works of art.

  27. Pippa’s Parade

    This is a great initiative that you are a part of, I am so happy to see interior designers that support the environment, you are the gold standard that sets the bar for everyone else. Thanks for hosting such a great blog.

  28. This is a wonderful post and full of many great ideas. I love this new campaign from Arhuas and so glad that they picked you to be a part of it all. You are alway showing off ways to upcycle or recycle existing decor, which is wonderful. Cheer to your successes in the new year!

  29. Gina Jenson

    I love your tree and the fact to reuse all your ornaments year after year. So of the designer trees I see are sooooo wasteful when it comes to ornaments and then they re do them every year, which is crazy too. Thanks for keeping it real.

  30. Holly

    You are supporting such a great cause, and this post is full of great ideas to implement this time of year. I hope to see many more posts on the this topic from you.

  31. Southern Sassyfrass

    I love that your have joined such a worth while cause, right now the way California is burning to the ground the American Forestry Foundation beed all the help they can get. Thank you for being a part of the solution. Merry Christmas.

  32. Hi Debra thank you for such a sweet comment. Please know that I am truly devastated about the fires burning up the California landscape, and will do everything in my power to help get the word out for support. You are right the Forestry Foundation needs our help now more than ever. I hope you are not located near this area of destruction, if you are please be safe.

  33. Charly

    Well I am sure you are completely honored to be a part of the Arhaus team working on this national campaign. I now how great it feels to finally re recognized in your field of work. Great job and we expect to see many many great things form you in the up coming year!

  34. Kassie

    I really love your tree and the fact that those are LED lights is very impressive. Great job!

  35. peggy spruill

    I am so happy for you are your partnership with these two influential companies. We need more people like you battling on the good guys side, thank you for all you do, and we look forward too following your blog from this day forward.

  36. Charlotte Lindsay

    I love this post and the facts your have presented are astounding. I had no idea that so much was sent to the landfill during this time of year. Thank you for sharing such valuable information.

  37. Nook of A Book

    Wow this is a very informative post. I am surely shocked with some of those numbers. Thank you for all the great tips I look forward to doing my part this season. We actually made a book tree this year instead of a live or fake tree. Visit our site and check it out I thin kit turn out very cool.

  38. meaghan

    These are great tips for not only saving money but saving our environment. Such a wonderful read for the helping out at the holidays.

  39. Rosie

    I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments. This article is wonderful with many easy to do solutions for everyone out there. I am a huge fan of your blog!

  40. Margo Frances

    Wow I had no idea we waste so much. Girl you got your work cut out for you, getting people on board with these changes. They are all great and easy to work into your everyday lives.

  41. sunshine and daisies

    I love that you planted all those trees in your yard, proving that you actually live what you write. This connects you to your readers 100%. I know I love to see the authenticity of the bloggers I choose to follows and you are the real deal. Thank You!

  42. destiny

    Thank you so much for making light of such a serious situation that is growing out of control. You tips are great, and you tree while being eco friendly is also beautiful are true win-win for you.

  43. Rebecca Sanchez

    Gurl…. I am so proud of you!!!!!!!! This is some of the nest news I have heard this season. I finally got around to opening your newsletter and saw your post about this. I just had to come and write you, on the actually post and send you some blogger love! Muah

  44. sue haevdberg

    Very impactful story, just proving that your are not just a fluff piece writer. I hope you write more on this topic and expand your niche.

  45. Tamara Girvan

    I love Arhuas and this a great sponsorship for you company. I hope you are getting lots of cool piece in return. 🙂

  46. Jolynn Charles

    Lady, you have a big beautiful heart to match that big beautiful tree of yours. I am so happy for you and the future of you blog, you really have one of the best ones around, I am personally going to make sure that all my family and friends are following you and your selfless guidance to life.

  47. Phillis Wardy

    I can really appreciate this post, as you are giving back to planet for the holidays. Nice job!

  48. j.clayburn

    You have so many great tips, for the holidays. I love that you have joined up with a growing green tree plan, the is awesome.

  49. Delphia

    You have a very pretty tree, and glad you chose LED fro your home. Also I love that you planted you live trees in the yard, such a great way to give back to the earth this time of year.

  50. lexie.white

    Pretty tree with the LED lights that are completely safe for your cute kitty. I do not think I knew this fact, but I guess “fried pussycat” is not in your Christmas future. She’s a beaut Clark!

  51. leek.baby2017

    I am so excited for you to join in such wonderful environmental movement. You have great tips for the holiday season and I can not wait hear more about your eco friendly tips.

  52. Mandy Cyrn

    Going Green for the holidays is such a great idea. I loved this post it was well written with loads of great ideas. Thank you for sharing and working for a a good cause.

  53. Rachel

    I am a big advocate of green living, and I am really into this new green living initiative. Such a great way to get the word out, so glad you will be a part of this. Congrats!

  54. Christy

    I am so excited for you, and your new journey. So glad that you have something makes your heart sing. Good luck we will be following you all along the way.

  55. Denise Glenn

    You are a great person, I love that your have joined the American Forestry Foundation on this. Such a great foundation with a ton of replanting programs. More people like you will get the planet back on track in no time.

  56. Sharon

    I love that you planted your older trees in the yard. That is so great! I love that you live the life that you promote, and are clearly the real deal. Thanks for being you.

  57. Katrine Carreon

    What a amazing opportunity you have been given. Make sure to utilize it to your fullest potential. Great job on the blog and really nice post.

  58. johnny_maildemon

    The LED light have really come a long way in the past few years. I am glad you using them going forward. Great job!

  59. jami

    Yay for you to take a stand for our environment, and joining Arhaus in doing this!

  60. Sunlun

    Great post, I am really looking forward to seeing all the infographics from this campaign. Such a great cause and a great company.

  61. tree hugger

    Does this make you a tree hugger like me? I am just kidding congrats of the partnership and make a difference in the world.

  62. Julie

    Girl I am so happy for you and all the blessing this year has brought to you and your blog. I am also excited to see what 2018 bring for you, I have a feeling great things are in store. Congratulations!

  63. adrianb707

    Wow this is such a great opportunity for you and your blog, very happy for you. I can not wait to see what next year has in store for you!

  64. Annabelle

    So happy you have joined this movement. This is great article and the perfect time of year to launch your agenda. Way to go my friend.

  65. Elizabeth O.

    From one naturalist to another, thank you for your unwavering support of our environment. If is people like you that make all the difference in the world.

  66. Belinda Meeks

    I am astounded but he amount of waste you quoted in the article. It makes me want to bake everyone cookies for the holidays.

  67. Madison

    This is a great post full of tips and tricks for going green during the holidays. A time when we might easily forget, since life gets so busy.

  68. Tidewalker

    Such a great post, and moving testimony of your contributions to saving our planet over the years.

  69. Amy Kennedy

    This article is really getting some traction now, glad to see that for everyone in this collaboration! Congratulations again!

  70. Sylvia Bailey @IGC

    Wonderful post for such a desperate cause. Right now the amount of trees we are losing here in California is staggering. The efforts to replant will take years. I am so happy to see some many great people such as yourself joining such a valid cause. You have a heart of gold.

  71. Aunt Ester

    I may just be an old beatnik but I am happy to see the generation behind us following in our footsteps. Thank you publishing such a useful article and signing up t be a part of something much bigger that yourself. Namaste.

  72. Calynn Baker

    This article has gone completely viral, I have seen so many people posting about it and other designer that are a part of this great initiative. Just proves you surrounded yourself with great people and your will all be very successful.

  73. madeline

    You go girl!!! Girl power all the way! You rock!!!!!!

  74. Leslie Frank

    I ca not wait to see how you rework all of your home decor next year. I loved your Home Tour and had not idea that the decor you purchase gets reworked into new displays every year, that is truly amazing and the mark of a real designer.

  75. Michelle James

    I love your advice and you beautiful tree. It also means a lot that you are living what you speak of by planting those tree after the season. We need more people like you and less of the wanna be Kardashine’s.

  76. Mikel

    You are such a talented designer it only makes since they would be coming to get you on board for this project. Great job and good luck.

  77. dalila

    I love this post it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

  78. Betsy Leonard

    I love Arhuas they are one of my favorite stores. So happy that you teamed up with them for this great cause.

  79. Mattie Lopez

    I live in Utah and we are very worried about the impact we might see from the California fires. It does my heart good to see bloggers joining together to help with the word out about fundraising for future replenishment, great job, thank you.

  80. Jill Hogan

    You must feel very honored to represent these two company’s on the infographic, that is really cool.

  81. Wanda Janson

    Great post for a great cause. We support you 110%!

  82. Tonya Morgan

    I love the idea of Santa sack for the kiddos. I have several friends that do that too. Pretty drawstring sacks with each childs name embroidered on the front. Plus is saves Santa Claus from having to bring really big gifts that would not fit in his sled. 😉

  83. Theresa Persaud

    I love your tree such a warm white light that does not look at all like the bluey LED I have seen. You have opened my eyes to revisit LED again I guess they are starting to make a better product now.

  84. Jen

    This is a great post with plenty of options for people to help cut the percentage a little bit. I like you idea of slow integrating in the LED lights, I mean if you are replacing your light each year as they go out just opt fo the LED versions and they will even last longer.

  85. margarita mama

    I know I have not commented for a while, but I still read all your posts. I just don’t alway have time to comment, but I want to tell you how proud I am for you on joining this environmental campaign with the American Forestry, that is so amazing! It shows you love for nature and showcases your beautiful heart.

  86. Hollie

    Good for you!!!!!!! This is a great opportunity for you and your company to really dig in and do some good. Congratulations!

  87. Jenni Prater

    Wow I am a fan of your blog and I must say I am really excited to see where this take it. Congratulations and good work.

  88. Ruthann

    Fantastic post full of great content and pictures. You have offered us some many options to make difference the world. Thanks for caring and sharing.

  89. colorado kid

    Here in CO we do put a big emphasis on the environment or at least our local area does, cannot speak for the whole state. We also have a few rules on foresting and tree removals, with several program that focus on builders and they clear cutting that happens. Glad to see we are getting some heavy hitter on board to to support the American Forestry Foundation and all the work they do. Thank you.

  90. Candi

    Shoot I had no idea we made were that messy. I knew with had a lot more large the week after Christmas but I guess I just never though about the impact. I might have to look into those Santa Sacks, seems like a great idea. Where can I get them?

  91. Margie Donner

    I will bring this up with my ladies club after the first of the year. We love to buy fro charity’s and support causes like this. Bravo to you for posting all about it 🙂

  92. Vonetta

    This is really great news for you, your company and blog. This gives you National recognition that you so richly deserve.

  93. Joanne King

    Congratulations girl you done good!

  94. karen

    You are such a good person and that is why good things like this find you. Congratulations.

  95. Nicole

    Oh this is such a great post and really heart and meaning, not just a fluff piece to fill the holidays. I really like these kind of posts, and hope you plant to add more like this into your content plan.

  96. Lynne

    I can tell how deeply you care about his topic and I am so glad you decided to venture outside your design box and tackle some content with grit and substance. Thank you for sharing your true life with us all and not just a staged version of yourself.

  97. Congrats this is big news! Great post and you blog has really come along easy in a year!

  98. Kim Nicola

    I work with the ASPCA and I have been following you since the Pet Friend plants post, which I loved. I am happy to see that you are also taking on some environmental issues too. Keep up the good work and thank for all the time you put into creating this blog.

  99. Lee Tice

    I love this post, it is the perfect little reminder to be grateful for what you have and pay it forward to the the future generations by keeping their world safe, clean and as God intended.

  100. Nikki

    You have one of the best home blog out here. I love to read your posts. I am so happy for you and your family receiving this blessing before the holiday and new year. Sending you a ton of best wishes!

  101. Theresa Grove-Swartz

    I am loving that tree, it is beautiful and the fact that it has led lights makes me love it more. You have a really nice blog site too and I love this post, great pics and layout. You have sone a very nice job here.

  102. J.W. Hutch

    This was a really great read full of very insightful informations. I think more people should be required to read and learn from this post.

  103. Marlie Sengelar

    You have a really fast webpage I am shocked that it loads as fast as it does. You have a lot of content and pictures, but it still loads right up. Great post, and nice bog layout too. You are doing great.

  104. Hey Sharonoox

    I am so glad we stumbled upon you and this useful post. You are offering up such wonderful tips to help save of environment and that is commendable. Way to go!

  105. sassy mom

    Great post and so many tips to used. I know we have the Santa bags and reuse our ribbon a lot. We are also starting to get the led light as well. I will add more after the holidays, when I get the sale prices.

  106. lia

    Congrats of the you affiliation with these company’s it will open up your blog to whole new consumer.

  107. My kids have called me crazy for years since I recycle all my gift bags, always. To the point it has become a big joke with them, so I am happy to see that other do as well and that this is written in black and white….literally. I will have to show them over the holidays. HA HA jokes on them!

  108. Cindy Hammonds

    I am so happy for you and congratulations. I love the Arhuas store at Avalon! Will you be working with people there or is it a corporate thing? Just wondering and being nosey…lol. Love your blog and keep up the great work you are doing there are many fans in FOCO.

  109. Kimberly Nester

    Great job you little tree hugger you! We will continue our work to save them all.

  110. phyllis seymour

    I love your tree and that sweet kitty looking up into it. I bet they climb them! Can you tell I have a few cats myself? It is always a battle this time of year just to keep them out of the tree, so good to know about the safety of the LED lights. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  111. rhea

    The American Forestry foundation does wonderful work. I used to volunteer with them and through the Boy Scouts to help them plant tress, it also taught our guys a lot of the environment and how important it is to give back. Thanks for the support!

  112. Melissa

    Congratulations, on this impressive venture you have started for next year. I wish you all the best 🙂

  113. Linton House

    You are just a jack of all trade over there! Your are always up to something new every time I stop by, which I love. Keeps me coming back for more. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

  114. Brian Elash

    Great job! You have a nice blog and it loads very fast, I like that a lot. Good Luck !

  115. janice_coleman

    Such a beautiful tree you have, I have got to check out your Home Tour next, I saw it in the index above this article. I bet I will love it! Merry Christmas!

  116. Angela Hoyos

    Arhaus is doing a great sign by giving back for the purchases made on there sustainable items. You are an angel for sharing that information to the rest of us.

  117. Anniston

    You so deserve this partnership, you are a perfect champion of the Arhaus brand. Great job!

  118. Debbie Does DIY

    My friend this is such a wonderful foundation to support. I also glad that you are joining in the crusade to save our forests and trees. Wishing you the best of luck in all that you do. Happy New Year!

  119. Christa Heeder

    Girl you trees are Beeee UUUU tea Full!!!!!!! You have so much talent to be reworking all that ribbon every year. That is wonderful and a wiser use of resources, which is one of the reason I love following you. You save me so much time and money, I just do what ever you do and it turns out great.

  120. This post has so many comments!!!! WOW!!! You have quite the following on this post, and everyone is wanting to congratulation you and or thank you this is insanity. You must be dying just trying to read all of these comments and celebrate Christmas. Well here is another one…… Congratulations! Just wanted to join the cool kids crowd on your post too 😉 Merry Christmas

  121. Millie Underwood

    Great job replanting those trees, that shows you commitment to replenishing the earth. Very nice article full of great information and moving pictures. You have done a very nice job here. Thanks.

  122. Wanda Thompson

    First time here you have a very nice blog site. I can appreciate you passion for this environmental topic. I am interested in becoming a follower so I will go back out to you main page and see what I can find out about subscribing. If not can you add me on to your list? Thanks.

  123. Kathryn

    You are right, I have always reused my gift bags but not the tissue paper I always use fresh tissue. I have not ever used real ribbon on packages before, just string or twine which are both renewable. I love the idea of wrapping up a present like a book inside a scarf to save the paper. That is just genius.

  124. Robyn

    I have been on a committee that volunteers to plants these trees, and I find the event very gratifying. I might be a little sore after planting all those trees but I know my kids, kids can drive that space and say grandpa planted those trees, and that is all I ask for.

  125. Joe, my father planted trees with his boy scout troop, just like this. I assure every time we go by the airfare base, we all say dad planted those trees or grandpa planted all of those. The memory still lives on. 🙂 Merry Christmas

  126. Yanitza

    This is such a great concept, I love that there furniture is made from sustainable materials. I love that you trees are made with all reused decorations and that you plant them in your yard. All great things!

  127. gemini1275

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this read over the holidays. We are staying with family and I been blog searching to find articles that I would enjoy during the down time. I am really loving your blog so I have added it to my bookmarks.

  128. Maggie Vonreis

    Just read this today and I wished i had seen it sooner. I gotta get some of those Santa bags and table top pines. Love them both. I guess I will after Christmas shop for sales on the led’s too. Now I have a list to pursue.

  129. Steph Salvatore

    I am so ready to go green with you. Thanks for providing great options and ideas for how to add them to my life in a very easy way. By the way your trees are so pretty both inside and out. 😉

  130. Jennifer VonCanon

    This is a very big opportunity for you and your blog, I am so happy to see they picked such a caring and authentic blogger to join them. Go green, and plant a tree!!!!! LOVE IT

  131. Ashley Meaurs

    I always reuse gift bags and ribbon, but you have so many awesome tips in addition to these. Sending you all my best wishes for the great affiliation with these two companies.

  132. Nicolina Walkins-Shaw

    I just love you festive trees and god bess you for replanting the trees in the yard. I just saw a great post about renting a live tree for the holidays somewhere on facebook.

  133. Naomi Maynard

    I really enjoyed reading this post, and congratulations on the program. I am bookmarking so I can go back read more over the holidays.

  134. Amy @her_faith

    Trees are so important to our well being, thank you for being a steward for the earth in this respect. It is people like you that keep the good going even in times of darkness. God Bless you and keep you safe. Merry Christmas.

  135. Stacey Kelly

    Arhaus is one of my favorite stores on the planet, and to hear they are helping to save our planet, that is a major win for me. Great article and thank you for all the great ideas for an eco friendly holiday.

  136. Audrey Lee

    Great job on this collaboration with these big name vendors that is really great. This post is pretty awesome too, all about going green for the holiday, nice.

  137. Ms. Culpepper

    I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I really do love checking in to see what you are up too. I actually free as if I know you just from reading some of your posts. So I just had to say congratulations on this achievement. Watch out blogging world she is taking off.

  138. Sheridan

    Congratulations this is quite an opportunity for you and your company. We wish you and your husband all the best.

  139. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    We’ll written post with a great agenda, I will have to keep my eye on your company you have a lot of potential.

  140. Blue Constantine

    I love the trees with led lights they looks great. You are right they have some a long way, not just that weird blue Florence light from years ago. I really like the all solid blue lights they are very pretty too.

  141. Nurse Linda

    We have so patience that have enjoyed reading your post through the season, I just want to thank you and say happy holidays. I found this article left open after one of regular patients left for the day. I decide to gaze over it and felt like I should thank you on her behalf. She is very weak and has been taking chemo for a long time, so I am sure be able to comment was not going to happen, but I just wanted you to know that she enjoyed the read. God Bless You.

  142. Patty’s in the Kitchen

    This is such a high ranking SEO for a eco-green article, I had to check it out. You have created a lot of traffic for such a great cause, congratulations to you.

  143. Carolann

    The mere fact that you reuse you ribbon on your trees makes me so happy. I read your comment above on how you store the ribbon, which is an even better tip your should add that in or do post season storage article. We would love that.

  144. Lia

    Great post! Worthy cause, and deserving recipient! Congratulations!

  145. michelle lynn

    I am in love with all your trees. How many do you have? I counted 3 in this post alone. Which says to me you clearly hang on to them for a while. I read that if you keep them for 7-10 years if off sets the pollution it takes to create them which means you are doing you your part, save live trees and keeping your artificial ones for a long time.

  146. leslie warner

    Reading you blog always makes me happy, however this article madam a little sad. To know that we are wasting that much around such a happy time of year really bothers me. I am happy to join you as part of the solution. Thanks !

  147. powerhouse415

    Oh my I did not know that LED where safer for pets that is a game changer for sure. Thank you for explaining that they are low voltage, I guess I never though about it.

  148. Chantel

    Great job you deserve it!

  149. Andi Pearce

    I shop at Arhaus all the time, I had no idea that they offered a percentage of the sale to Saving Trees. This is really a great thing, for sure. Thanks for posting all about and adding all your great green holiday tips, too they were awesome.

  150. jess-usa2018

    You have offered some really great ideas to conserve all kinds waste for the holidays. Energy, landfill, & ozone you have great tips! Thanks for sharing and being on team earth.

  151. rosa maria

    Yippee this is so cool! Thanks for sharing you tips for holiday conservation and good luck to you on your future endeavors.

  152. thomas's fab advice

    You make this list of Thomas’s favorite things for the season. I will refer all my followers to your blog for great ideas and inspiration!

  153. LaTrina

    Thank you for such a great post, I really enjoyed it, and your blog too. You have a great site and ton of wonderful reads.

  154. Hi Sharice thanks for stopping by my blog. The trick to the ribbon is I roll up all my ribbon as you would buy it in the store and secure it with a paper clip to keep it from unraveling. Yes we have a fairly large back yard, that backs up to a natural creek and green space, where tree are not allowed to be cut, unless damaged or dead.

  155. Hi Meryl, thanks for dropping by my page and leaving me such a nice comment. To answer your question, I purchased both of the seen trees from Lowe’s. They are both the Color Changing LED trees 7 1/2 ft tall. One is flocked while the other is not. I wish you the best luck scoring one on sale, you know how I love a deal!!!!

  156. Hi Michelle Lynn to answer your question I have 5 full sized trees and 7 mini trees for a grand total of 12 trees in the Gainer house. All artificial and yes we do keep them for a while. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  157. bridges 29

    I really appreciate this article and wanted to thank you for pursuing this worthy cause. Not a lot of blogger will give up there time and online space for a charitable cause like this. Thank you.

  158. Tiffany Spencer

    Yay to you, this is great news! Also fantastic post packed with great tricks and tips. Good job my friend.

  159. Tory Guzman

    So many great tips and ideas for going green this holiday, thank you for so much information.

  160. malorie

    Yeah congrats to my fellow blogger you deserve all the good thing you have coming to you! Happy Holidays!!!

  161. paulette

    OMG this is a really great opportunity for you. I love that you and your tips are on a infographic, that is too cool.

  162. shanew86

    Great post thanks for supporting the American Forestry Foundation 🙂

  163. Lydia Webber

    I am a big fan of your site, and just when I did not think I could like you anymore you go and join a most worthy cause and I respect you even more. Can’t wait to see what other fun things you deicide to do this coming year.

  164. growgreen

    You know we are going to be BIG green fans! Thanks for joining our crusade.

  165. j3nnyjordan

    Woohoo this is great news, congrats!

  166. Gillian Lemming

    Sending you all the best for this project, it certainly is a great opportunity for that are involved.

  167. Kathi Weisbecker

    I can not begin to tell you how much I am enjoying you blog. This site is great, easy to read and has great layout. I have decided to snuggle in for the week and catch up on some reading so I will be pinning your blog to my rss feed so I can easily find you.

  168. Jelane

    Great post, I love the idea you presented about using a scarf as gift wrap. It is unexpected, and very innovative. The entire reason I find you blog so enjoyable to read.

  169. Lexy James@NUB

    What a honor to be chosen to work with this group of vendors. You are a very lucky blogger, congratulations.

  170. Kathleen Betancourt

    I really enjoy all of your holiday tips. This is a such a wonderful post.

  171. Terri Beavers

    Thank you for posting about going green for the the holidays, and actually helping to curb human behavior.

  172. Cary Rasher

    You have written a fantastic post and I love that your have joined up with some of the big hitters to make some changes.

  173. Mikeala Cortez

    This is a worldwide epidemic that need desperate attention quickly. We are losing more and more trees even day soon we will be in a bubble dome.

  174. Chassidy

    we hope this makes a difference. you and the other designers have put forth so much work and effort to get the word out. good luck~

  175. Bernadette

    My novel opinion is that if more people did a few of your tips it would probably make a really big change in our country. You have so many supporters I hope they are all doing there part too.

  176. bennie claiborne

    You are doing so much good for the world by calling attention to the subject. We all need to pay more attention to this, even at the holidays.

  177. Dr. Krystal Crawford

    Nice to see that the next generation is all fired up about the environment. We always need the eco warriors to keep this rock spinning properly.

  178. Angelica Fillmore

    Great article and it made me take stock in what I had done this holiday season. I decide instead of trashing everything just to get my sanity back I recycled a few bags and ribbon and I found the Santa sacks for next year. My babies are still little so we have time to implement them in to tradition.

  179. Dorris Fernway

    You have such a great way with words and I enjoyed this article very much. You have a keen eye for keeping things pretty but still staying in the lines on what is good for the environment. That is a hard balance sometimes, but you did a wonderful job exhibiting your skills.

  180. trinity @cafeforgot

    Your blog is the perfect coffee shop read. You give you reader something new and inventive but it is not over written and too much during a single setting. This post alone shows how faceted you are, not just a one trick pony. I think we can expect great things from you this year. Bookmarking, rss feed

  181. Renee Mathis

    I just finished up this post and wanted to say that I really loved it. You have some great ideas I plan to add to my holiday playbook. Also wanted to say I love your Christmas trees they are sooooo beautiful.

  182. Mirella

    Good post with a very impactful theme. I like your ideas very much.

  183. The Delightful Farmhouse

    A delightful read that was busting at the seems with great tips and ideas for green holiday celebrations.

  184. moggle

    Some people are sayers while other are doers, you tend to be the best of both worlds.

  185. Al Randle

    Nice blog site and really inspirational read. Thanks

  186. marietta

    It is my first time visiting you site and I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to your article the research shows and is truly appreciated.

  187. sera maria

    Great tips I know we always reuse of gift bags but I had not thought about the benefits of using real ribbon verse the curling kind which gets tossed out. Great points and superior writing.

  188. Alana Hall

    You should be very proud of your accomplishments. This is a very honorable duty that your are overseeing and helping to facilitate.

  189. kjg7796

    How did you get this position? This is such a cool thing that you are listed on the infographic of posters for American Forestry Foundation.

  190. Wow I can not wait to see these graphic up in the local National Parks, this campaign is a real winner in my book.

  191. queenbee72uk

    I rather like this post even though we are not a part of the the Amercian Forestry Division, it is still a step in the right direction. I will need to check out Arhaus as I am unfamiliar with that company, but if you like it must be good. You have impeccable taste.

  192. Hayleigh

    I am planning to become a volunteer with the AFF soon, and I have been researching all the projects that are on going which is how I found this post. I really like your take on going green for the holidays, absolutely brilliant. I am bookingmarking you so I can keep a eye on your upcoming projects too!

  193. Merissa

    Great ideas for keeping the holiday eco friendly for sure. I wish I had seen this soon I would promoted the heck out of it.

  194. Trina Williams

    This is a very important post for lots or reasons. It also effects more people than you realize.

  195. vanessa.lopez

    Perfect holiday post and such a sweet little reminder that all we do while celebrating has consequences. Tread lightly and leave very few footprints, is a old Indian adage I love.

  196. hugo_calenzani

    Rad this post and really enjoyed it a lot. Thank you for being part of the solution rather than just adding to the problem.

  197. Grand Malynne

    I picked up this article on my daughters iPad over the holidays, she loves your site and I have to say I am impressed as well. Since I got a new iPad for the holidays I will ask her to add your site to my library since I have no idea how to do that yet. Wish me luck.

  198. Michael@ forrister.dental

    Saw this article at my dentist office, while my daughter was having her wisdom teeth pulled. Great post, I really like you site a lot as it appears to have a lot of good information.

  199. Jennifer Luke

    this is a great post and such a big opportunity for you as a blogger. happy for you and what comes your way for 2018, best of luck.

  200. Great post! We have always reused our gift bags, my mom instilled that into us at a young age, I think it was more for money reasons, but it still counts right? Seriously nice job you blog is very well set up and seems to be getting a lot of traffic too.

  201. jbryant77

    Your trees are very pretty and glad to hear that they are also energy efficient as well. Congrats on the collaboration i hope it pays off big for you.

  202. Ashley N. Rice

    I have been silently following you for a while now, but I wanted to send my best wishes for this project. I hope it does not change up your blog to much I really love it just the way it is.

  203. mark_hargreaves

    Remarkable post with very good ideas to put out into the main street American readership. I must say I really lock the layout of your blog. Nice work.

  204. Paulette

    You have very beautiful trees both inside and out, nice post!

  205. Josephine Bokuniewicz

    Our family likes to go camping and really enjoy our national park and beautiful wooded areas, this is a gray project supporting the maintenance and up keep of the areas. With projects such as these all the future generations will be able to continue to enjoy this tradition.

  206. ellen_treveloni

    This is a really great post. I am happy you are able to combine tow things that clearly make you happy onto your website. That is how success is created.

  207. teperson, michael

    Thank you for posting about this very important campaign we really need to get the word out there.

  208. Roper

    I am surprised that you are a greenie buff, most designer tend to sire on the form and function verse sustainable and eco friendly, the times are really changing.

  209. Daniella

    I found this post very inspiring for keeping not only the holidays but life in general eco friendly. We all really do need to do our part to make a difference.

  210. eldora

    Thank for panting those trees in your yard, I work at a garden center and always hope that is what happens to them once they are sold, unfortunately I feel most of the die and get tossed.

  211. Jen this is a phenomenal post packed with great information. Congratulations of going green with Arhaus.

  212. Elxie White

    We are always rescuing our gift bags too! How funny I am glad we are not alone. My husband makes me feel cheap when I do it but keeping them on hand has saved me so many times when I am in a pinch.

  213. Leo Shell

    LED light are really the way of the future, I am glad to see you promoting them. Before long you will have have a hard time any kind of incandescent since they stopping making them.

  214. maria behrlic

    Back home we always reused everything from the holidays, ornaments were passed down from generation to generation, but since I moved to the US I have noticed a lot more waste. Family buying trees a decor then tossing all out at the end of the season. Glad you are trying to change things.

  215. caprice

    Nice post for the holidays hope the project goes well for you too.

  216. Robyn W. Noles

    I was search about Holiday LED lights and stumbled upon your post. Nice tips and a really nice blog site too. I will have to bookmark you for later.

  217. Krista Hansen

    I am a blogger too more of inspiration writer by I have heard a lot about getting corporate sponsors and doing collaborations. So I am wondering how do you get them? Did you contact them or do you have to write to some one? I am just wondering how it all works.

  218. whitfield5

    I really like your page it has great information, it easy on the eyes and loads pretty darn fast by comparison to other blogs.

  219. Nellie in Houston

    Super great post with a fabulous message for the world!

  220. marcelina

    Your trees were so pretty I aspire just to have pretty trees like you, and If I go green too that is a bonus.

  221. racehorse

    This is great post to get people involved, pinning and sharing to help out and so my part.

  222. Zoe

    Great post and a excellent read with lots of good observations and tips to lead a eco friendly life.

  223. quotingthefly

    I got tell you I really love those trees they are magazine worthy, and the fact they are led and environmentally safe is even better. I am bookmarking your site, as I feel that I will enjoy your posts greatly.

  224. Gelnda

    Really an expectational project you should be proud to be a part of such a elite group trying to make a difference in the world. This say a lot about your personal character and ethics.

  225. Alpined

    Love to see more people getting involved i this program, thank you for supporting the campaign as a designer.

  226. sylvia_bailey@igc

    This is a fantastic opportunity for all parties involved, and talented designer and well know furniture company both supporting a nation association to save our trees. Great job to all.

  227. Donna Lee

    I love your trees they are so pretty. you have provided plenty of easy to do tips and ideas for the holidays, and inspired me to look for some LED lights for next year 🙂

  228. Rosemary | A Hint of Rosemary

    I like your ideas very much and really enjoyed reading all about this new initiative with Arhaus. Thank you for sharing.

  229. Christian Southern Life

    I am a big fan of LED lights too. They are ver energy efficient and will show a significant savings of the lifetime of use.

  230. cubbies1982

    enjoyed the read and appreciate the your support you are lending this project.

  231. soapybath

    just wanted to tell you how much I liked your post. You offer great ideas and tips for going green.

  232. bogey511

    As a golfer I can not begin to tell you how important trees are to some of my favorite courses. Obviously not in the greenway but the build the landscapes around it. The course is one of my favorite places on earth, so I support any green initiative that is available.

  233. Angela Fry

    wow this is a great post and much need in today’s current climate. hoping everyone can read this post and the other in this program and get on board.

  234. nightengail 111

    I really like this initiative I hope it does gangbusters for all that are involved. Best wishes~

  235. Josie Ryder

    Thanks for the nice post and getting involved in such important topic.

  236. Lisa McNamara

    This is a wonderful post and you have done a great job offering a wealth of solutions to holiday issues. I hope that you plan to care this work forward through out the upcoming year.

  237. condo craftsmen

    Really great post! Thanks for join our corporate sponsorship program.

  238. priscilla stavey

    I love that you replanted your holiday trees that goes to show that you mean what you say, and you lead by example I really like that quality about you.

  239. Rose Stovall

    Quite am impressive read for a home decor site you actually did some research on number and percentages. Which mean you are taking this movement seriously, which is highly respectable. Good job and keep up all the hard work you put into this site.

  240. Bertha Guzman

    You have always been very talented so it does not surprise me that Arhaus has picked you up for all your design skills and talents. I do think it is fun that you were able to to focus on Christmas and going green such a greatly on words, you really are very witty. Love your blog, it is always a bright spot in my day to see your new posts.

  241. Ingrid

    I love that you are supporting such a worthy cause and that in turn Arhaus is supporting you. That is truly a winning situation for everyone.

  242. Clearly you have a lot of design talent and it also appears that your have a moral compass as well. I love to see designer that give back and support just causes like this one, bravo, great job.

  243. I have always supported environmental changes and programs. I really love to see that furniture stores are now moving into the sustainable section of production. This is a game changer.

  244. Cece73

    You have som many inspirational thoughts and ideas it only makes sense that you would further you reach into the environmental field. Making everything beautiful one tree at a time, one house at a time, one recipe at a time. Absolutely Brilliant!

  245. Laurel Bergstein

    Woohoo what a great post! Please keep up all the good work sister.

  246. Micheal & May

    We live in Colorado and have seen the American Forestry Foundation’s first hand work. Please know that your support and handiwork here are vital to this project and it’s success. The more people know the more support they get!

  247. Cassie Appleton

    This is a mighty good cause and a really great post for your blog. I like pieces that have meaning, and give me more meat and potatoes as savor the reading. You have done a really nice job with the post, kept me interested with insightful tips and holiday inspiration to do better.

  248. Georgiann Steibens

    I have loved your blog for a while now, every since I stumbled upon this summer. Just wanted to say congratulations on this news and can’t wait to see the great thing you do going forward this year.

  249. nifty_rollings

    Whoa this is a cool post and really supports saving the trees and earth. Thank you fr replanting those tree in to your yard every little bit helps. Plus it give you really great street cred too.

  250. annika

    I am love with Arhaus and I got to say I really like you blog site too. So this will be a match made in heaven, can not wait to see where this takes you both.

  251. Mack

    Wow this would be a designers dream come true to work with Arhaus. I love that you are support the American Forestry Foundation too. All great things for your 2018 for sure.

  252. Howie

    Your trees were exceptionally lovely this year and the idea to recycle and rework your supplies and decor is a foreign concept to most designers. I really like what your stand for and how you serve it up for your readers.

  253. Robbin's Bobbins

    You have a fantastic blog here, well layout and full of great ideas. I love that you are a designer supporting the go going initiative in the furniture industry. Such a big push is being made in that area, and people will speak with there wallets to support them.

  254. McKenzie

    Thank you for writing a very poignant post about saving our environment and packaging it up as a holiday tree post, that is great marketing right there. Well thought out and executed, can’t wait to see where this takes you.

  255. jal453

    I have volunteered as a planter for some of the rebirth areas for trees. It is really great program thanks for your support.

  256. L. Devlin

    Tons of great tips right here. You are doing some really earth saving work here.

  257. ms.smith

    I love to see people really get involved, roll up there sleeve and help out. The fact that you are replanting trees into your yard after the holidays is on that everyone should get involved with, happy for you and your blog.

  258. gremlins fan

    What a great post it is really trending high on goggle which is great for such a fanatic program, good luck to everyone involved.

  259. west coast textiles

    This is a fantastic initiative, we would be wiling to make t-shirts for this program too. The American Forestry Foundation has done so much for us here in CA with the fires, trying to replace the trees wee hav lost. We would love to help out and join this campaign.

  260. custom shovels

    We can provide a contract for shovels to dig those trees in, who should we talk to about this? We are thinking a a going green shovel to plant more trees. What do you think?

  261. cricketsongspeech

    This is a very good spot filled to the brim with great ideas and ways to conserve. Thanks for the share.

  262. Raven

    Hi there just wanted to say you have a nice blog and this post is really wonderful. I love that you are working with areas, they are one of my favorite furniture company’s ever!

  263. Ansley

    Theses are very good ideas and what a wonderful way to support such a worthy foundation too. You continue to surprise me with your creativeness, awareness and ingenuity. Please continue to do what you care so deeply for, we love you for it.

  264. dollie mathison

    So many wonderful ideas for celebrating in a earth friendly way. Very nice post and great website my dear.

  265. queenbee72uk

    Theses are all very good tips, I wish we had programs like this here in London.

  266. The Green Shutters

    Fantastic post and great collaborations for you. We are here to support all along the way. Great job.

  267. tractor born

    Working on a large farm I see first how the replanting is so vital to human existence. Thanks for being on the front lines with the good guys trying to make a difference out there.

  268. Alicia @ What a Difference A Day Makes

    Such great post and I love that you are going green with us. This is such a honest and humble move on your part. You design ideas true embody the ability to recreate rooms with things already in existence. You remind me a little bit of Nicole Curtis and how she always wants to save old authentic pieces, and I guess the Gaines do too a little bit.

  269. Zendaya Clayton

    Yeah for you to make your blog more meaningful by supporting a cause, I love that you are working with a eco green cause since you already upcycle and reuse a lot of design elements. You are more about creating a design environment than selling me what the hottest next rend of the week may be.

  270. This is such a great cause to support especially with all the fires burning our trees faster than we can replenish them. awesome tips of keeping the holidays green conscience too.

  271. Olicia Lovejoy

    I am such an environmental freak and I love that you have joined dup with these outstanding companies to promote saving and replanting trees.

  272. Tina

    Wow congratulations of the accomplishment. Hopefully your will get a lot of followers from this venture!

  273. team farrar

    This is such a wonderful post and great way to remind everyone to be a part of the solution.

  274. Dayle

    Such a great cause wishing you a lot of luck.

  275. Kelly

    This is a remarkable collaboration for you , congratulations!

  276. Ashley Meaurs

    You should be very proud of yourself this is a great sign to be doing with a blog. You have great ideas and can reach so many people this way.

  277. Marilyn's Day

    Wow this is a very impressive line up of sponsors, I assume they are sponsors? You are a very lucky blogger to land this.

  278. Aaron Prieto

    Hey I have a question, I want to order a Pet product from your store, but I can’t find it anymore in your shop I hope you will sell it again soon. I’ll wait. Regards

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