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Holidays can mean a lot of waste, and tend not to be particularly eco-friendly. When it comes to celebrating the New Year, there are some ways go a little greener, from food to entertaining.
Use eco-friendly decor
A lot of decorations are single-use, so think about using decor that is reusable or at least sustainable. For example, use less plastic, and more natural materials, like greenery, recycled decor.
Shop locally & sustainably
When you are buying supplies, shop local and support your local businesses. You can find just about anything from a food to wine.
Choose food items carefully
It is wonderful to support fair trade, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable companies, as well as local companies when you can. Holiday foods can also mean a lot of packaging, so keep this in mind.
Use reusable shopping bags and other reusable items
When you head to the store, don’t forget your reusable bags. When shopping for a get together or party, you may end up with a large quantity of items, and it is particularly good to have your shopping bags with you.
Don’t use disposable tableware
While disposables can make life easy, avoid them whenever possible. This goes for paper napkins as well. You can also consider alternatives to disposables, like plates constructed from palm leaves, which can be composted.
Make some eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions!
Now is a great time to strive for a more eco-friendly year! You can start with small goals, like using reusable shopping bags. Or commit to larger steps, like purchasing a compost bin for food scraps.
Thanks for sharing these tips!
Thanks for this wonderful and eco-friendly idea to celebrate the New Year without lessening the fun and excitement. Everybody should consider this stuff as this is essential not for our household but for everyone. We must be practical and minimalist.
I totally agree with you about using eco-friendly items for celebrating the new year, and in everyday life, too. I love your eco-friendly ideas here!
There’s nothing like helping your environment. Our town has removed recycling days and now it’s up to us to minimize the use of plastics and such. We have been conscious about our purchases and use recyclable bags like these when we go to the store.
You have such awesome ways to celebrate the new year! I love that there are options to help keep our planet clean.
I have been more aware of the amount of waste in our house. I’m setting a new years goal to be greener.
Thanks for reminding us to be make resolutions not only for ourselves but also for the environment. Happy New Year!
thank you for these tips as they can be used to make any celebration greener.. while our new year’s celebrations simply involve being home or with close family and friends simply to be together, we can all learn simple ways to be more ecofriendly each day
All of these are great tips! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 Always good to find new ways to reduce waste.