December 17 2018
We’re Dreaming of A Green Christmas
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year to spend time with your loved ones and kick back and relax, but with the holidays comes a large burden to the environment. We don’t want to sound like the Grinch here, but with a little bit of extra effort you can easily reduce your footprint and enjoy the holidays carefree. Continue reading for our tips and tricks to find yourself on Santa’s nice list.
Merry & Bright
Save money on your energy bill and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by switching to LED Christmas lighting. Not only do these LED lights look cool, but they also use about 80% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Swing by the Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot or Superstore located on Stony Plain Road to pick up these energy efficient bulbs. Look for the Energy Star label for highest energy efficient bulbs.
Reduce your energy by turning off these beautiful lights when you are not in the room to enjoy them. Make sure you turn off your outdoor lights each night or set up a timer to automatically switch them off.
Give Green Gifts
Green gifts are not only better for the environment, but they can also save you time and money! Here are some ways to make your gifts green:
- Shop online for gifts for people who live out of town: Instead of driving around the city to find the perfect gift, opt for shopping online. Having your gift shipped directly to these loved ones will minizine transportation and save you time.
- It’s the thought that counts: Not all gifts have to be store bought. Get creative with your gift giving instead! Consider giving homemade gifts such as baking, art, photographs, or knitted goods. Other unique gifts can be second-hand items that have a special value, giving your service, or an experience.
- Buy Locally: Buying locally can significantly reduce greenhouse emissions by eliminating the transportation of goods. Also, it supports your local economy and offers unique items!
- Gift Wrap: Reduce your waste by using wrapping paper that was made with recycled materials or by reusing old wrapping paper. You can even make your own unique gift wrap by using old materials like newspaper or packing paper.
- Send E-Cards: Instead of mailing out holiday cards opt for e-cards. This will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Deck the Halls
Opt for a real tree instead of an artificial tree. Plastic trees are made up of petroleum products and use resources in manufacturing and shipping. Though it is argued that they are reusable, they are typically discarded into landfills when repeated use makes them less attractive. Whereas real trees are a renewable resource when they are grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. These trees provide oxygen while growing and 90% are recycled into mulch after the season. Plus the tree can live up to 2-3 years if you re-pot it. You can purchase a pre-cut tree at Creekside Home and Garden.
Use natural materials such as pine cones, evergreen branches, and holly to decorate instead of buying plastic decorations. Reuse or recycle all decorations each year to make sure they aren’t sent to a landfill.
Get Outside this Holiday Season
Celebrate the holiday season by spending family time together outdoors. Lois Hole Centennial Park is nestled at the edge of Hawks Ridge and is the perfect winter destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. As you explore the park, try to spot and name the Alberta winter birds!
We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season and that these tips can help reduce your footprint during the holidays. If you have any other suggestions on how to keep the holidays “green” share with us on our Facebook page. Thank you for reading!
Interested in living in a sustainable community immersed in nature? Discover more about life in Hawks Ridge here.
On behalf of the team at Hawks Ridge, we are wishing you all season greetings and a happy new year!