Well it’s that time of year again, the chestnuts are roasting, fire’s a boasting, wreaths on doors, lights galore. The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year and have been ever since I was a kid. It’s a time for sharing, caring and giving. A common misconception is that it is difficult to have sustainable holiday season! Its actually a lot easier than you think. Ever since I was a youngin, my family has always implemented simple changes to make our holidays more sustainable: always compost what you can, always make time to recycle, don’t waste your food, don’t throw out what can be saved, etc., etc. I can almost hear my mother’s voice now… (maybe it’s because she’s speaking this verbatim to my siblings as I’m typing this up in the kitchen). Even though it was a nuisance to us kids growing up, I’m very grateful that my mom encouraged these activities and promoted these values.
Not only has my mother been an advocate for sustainable living in every way possible, but oh how she manages to put an extra kick in her step this time of year. Recycling old christmas cards into christmas ball decorations, saving bits and pieces of used wrapping paper for future wrapping endeavors, taking the Christmas Day turkey carcass and saving it to make next day turkey soup and finally saving the aluminum foil wrapping of Hershey kisses in order to up-cycle so we can reduce, reuse, and recycle everything and anything. Your efforts need not be this epic; we can all do our part individually. If my family can do it, so can you. Start by looking at what’s around you. Get creative, food wise and decor wise. Old twigs in the backyard? Bring them in and clean them off. Twigs can be used as decoration in your home, and are perfect for this time of year. Like I said, you can get inspiration anywhere if you just look around. You’ll be surprised by how much money you can save and how much joy it will bring to you and others this holiday season. So read on and delve into these fun holiday delights that will make this season a bit brighter and greener.
Take a look at some seasonal recipes where ingredients can be bought locally. These recipes will have your guests asking for a second helping! I’ve also posted a few websites for inspiration of ways to be green this holiday season when shopping for gifts or putting up decorations. Yes, it does require some effort and yes you may not be an expert on these recipes, but we’re all in this together and there is nothing better than giving and receiving hand-made gifts. By keeping these ideas in mind, and by putting in a little time and effort we can all do our part.
Be sure to upload pictures of your DIY decorations and meals this holiday season on social media and tag @SustainableUNH so we can take a peak. Have fun, enjoy, and may sustainable holidays be ever in your favor.