Green Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday season is here! Christmas Chanukah & New Year’s is a time of cozying up in the house. We must not forget that the most wonderful times of the year are also very messy – The cooking, the Christmas tree, the decorating, the torn gift-wrapping and empty toy boxes, the living room suddenly becomes an overwhelming mess. The kitchen isn’t pretty either. Making the family feast invariably leaves greasy stains everywhere.

We at Harmony Maids have put together some eco-friendly ideas to prepare your house for entertaining and fill it with seasonal spirit and natural scents. We’ve also gathered tips for eco-friendly gift wrapping that minimize waste, expense, and stress – and maximize your time to enjoy the holidays.

Wrapping paper

If you buy wrapping paper, make sure it’s recycled and recyclable. Better yet, use old maps, newspaper comic pages, children’s artwork, or pretty bits of old linens for wrap. Finish off gift-wrapping with a sprig of berries or pretty leaves instead of ribbon.

Send Green Greetings

Send an electronic greeting using one of the many services online. Often, you can easily add photos or even family videos to the message making it personal.  If you like the traditional way, buy greetings cards made from 100% recycled paper. You can even find options that have seeds embedded in the fibers. Your recipients can plant the cards and the resulting flowers will remind them that you care.

Eco-Friendly Lighting

Candles and holiday lights are part of the season for many people — after all, Hanukkah is known as “the festival of lights.” But electric holiday lights consume a lot of energy and standard paraffin candles are made from petroleum products. To conserve energy if you are stringing up lights:

Turn them on only at night

Use LED lights. They are brighter than standard mini-bulbs and use one-tenth the energy, so you’ll also save on your energy bill.

When it comes to lighting a menorah, buy candles made with natural ingredients such as palm oil, soy, or beeswax. Electric menorahs are another option.

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