Dreaming of a Green Holiday: Keep Martin Beautiful’s Guide to an Eco-Friendly Season!
While holiday time in Florida might not bring snow, it sure brings heaps of waste – a whopping 25% increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas! This year, let’s paint the town green with these eco-friendly tips from Keep Martin Beautiful:
1. Wrap it Right: Ditch the traditional wrapping paper and get creative:
- Use recycled paper or the comics section of a newspaper.
- Scarves double as gorgeous gift wraps and presents.
- Decorate plain brown bags with flair, minus the glitter.
- Better yet, skip the wrapping altogether – it’s your thought that counts!
2. Deck the Halls Sustainably: Transform your holiday decor with a touch of green magic:
- Invest in a live Christmas tree with roots for replanting.
- If artificial, choose recycled PVC trees for a greener option.
- Opt for LED lights – they’re 95% more energy-efficient.
- String popcorn instead of tinsel for a classic, eco-friendly look.
- Embrace nature: paint pinecones or use branches for a rustic vibe.
3. Gifts That Give Back: Spread love while being kind to the environment:
- Explore thrift stores for unique, affordable finds while supporting charitable causes.
- Give plants or herb gardens – decorative, healthy, and eco-friendly.
- Donate to a local or global nonprofit in someone’s name.
- Shop locally and support unique community businesses.
- Gift experiences like massages, concerts, or painting classes.
- Choose recycled items or high-quality reusable products.
4. Clean Up Green: Be mindful when cleaning up post-celebrations:
- Recycle what you can and find new purposes for items.
- Compost organic waste to enrich the soil.
- Opt for eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce your impact.
- Make sure you dispose of your Christmas tree properly. Learn more here.
This holiday season, let’s reimagine our celebrations, making small changes that make a big difference. Together, we can truly go green and stay green! From all of us at Keep Martin Beautiful, we wish you a joyous and eco-friendly holiday season.