With all the shopping bags and wrapping paper you'll be using this season, make up for the waste by decorating green. From LED bulbs to natural decorations to vintage items, save the planet while saving money. Here are some tips to get you started:
Buy LED holiday bulbs
Think smart when it comes to your light bulbs. LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy of conventional light bulbs -- about 90 percent with a 50,000-hour bulb life, according to The Daily Green. LED
lights are available at most Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Big Lots stores.
If you still have really old, large Christmas lights, they can be repurposed into Christmas ornaments for your tree.
Gather items from the yard
Instead of buying a tacky Santa for your Christmas decor, just gather items from your front yard.
Real or fake?
There are environmental pros and cons of purchasing both real and fake trees. Most artificial Christmas trees are made in China, typically from oil-derived, pollution-releasing polyvinyl chloride,
according to the Daily Green. Artificial trees will also last for centuries in landfills. On the other hand, the one-time purchase of a fake tree can save gas to the tree farm, as well as for
cross-country shipping. If you choose the fake tree option, try to find a tree made in the U.S., Daily Green suggests.
For your holiday table, a simple centerpiece can be made by filling a large glass bowl with seasonal fruits such as apples, oranges, pears or pomegranates. Add some walnuts, pecans or Brazil nuts in their shells, Petrucelli says. Add a few cinnamon sticks and sprigs of greenery, and you have a festive Christmas centerpiece. You can use either one fruit or a combination of two, such as red and green apples or red and green pears.
Reuse items around the house or from antique stores and thrift shops to give your home a vintage feel.
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