With such a worldwide focus on the health of our planet lately, it’s a shame that this issue often goes to the wayside in the midst of the giving season. Those of us who are stressed and short on time will often lean toward purchasing what’s quick, cheap, and easy in order to get our holiday to-do list finished and out of the way, but unfortunately this method ultimately hinders our environment more than it saves us time and money.
To assist in minimizing your ecological impact during the yuletide, we’ve compiled ten approaches for celebrating a more green Christmas this year in ways that won’t make it more difficult. In fact, you’ll find yourself saving time and money, along with the world’s most precious resources. Thank us later!
10. The “once and done” method
Not only will this tip make for a healthier planet, but it will also save you some hard-earned cash and precious time!
Imagine if all your shopping could be completed in one day. Sounds like a true Christmas miracle, right?
Wrong! You indeed can have yourself a merry little Christmas by combining all your shopping into one day and a few stops, producing fewer emissions and saving some gas money!
All that’s required is a bit of effort spent on strategic planning. Here are our recommended steps for making your shopping trip a dream come true, for both yourself and the environment!
- Write out the names of all those you need to shop for.
- Write down what you’d like to buy for each person next to their name.
- In brackets, write down where you could find these items.
- Make a new list, this time categorizing the items based on where they’re available for purchase. Bonus points if you check prices online to find the most cost-effective retailers.
- To stay organized, write the person’s name who will be receiving the gift in brackets.
- Once the list is made, check it twice! To be sure you haven’t missed anyone (and to avoid a second trip), scroll through your phone’s contact list. If you don’t have someone’s phone number, you probably don’t need to buy them a gift.