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by Karla Camacho, KTB’s Communications Coordinator

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and spreading warmth to those around us. As we indulge in the festive spirit, it’s essential to consider the environmental impact of our traditions, including holiday decorations. Embracing sustainable practices in your festive decor not only contributes to a healthier planet but also sets a positive example for friends and family. In this blog, we’ll explore creative and eco-friendly ideas for celebrating this holiday season sustainably.

Nature's Bounty: Bring the Outdoors In

One of the most sustainable ways to decorate for the holidays is by incorporating elements from nature. Consider using pinecones, twigs, and evergreen branches for a rustic and natural aesthetic. These items are readily available in many regions, making them an eco-conscious choice. Additionally, they can be composted or returned to nature after use. 

Upcycled Ornaments: Turning Trash into Treasure

Get creative with upcycled decorations by repurposing items that might otherwise end up in the landfill. From old wine corks transformed into charming reindeer ornaments to retired light bulbs painted and turned into festive baubles, the possibilities are endless. Upcycling not only reduces waste but also adds a unique and personal touch to your holiday decor.

DIY Fabric Decor: Stitching Sustainability

Consider creating your own holiday fabric decorations. Whether it’s a festive bunting made from scrap fabric or reusable cloth gift wraps, using textiles can significantly reduce your environmental impact. Upcycle old sweaters into cozy and unique tree decorations, or craft a holiday-themed table runner from discarded fabrics. The beauty of DIY fabric decor lies in its versatility and the opportunity to showcase your creativity.

Energy-Efficient Lighting: Illuminate Responsibly

Swap traditional incandescent lights for energy-efficient LED options. LED lights use significantly less energy and have a longer lifespan, making them a sustainable choice for your holiday displays. Consider solar-powered lights for outdoor decorations to harness the power of the sun for a festive and eco-friendly glow.

Paper Confetti for New Beginnings: Celebrate Responsibly

When ringing in the New Year, consider swapping traditional plastic confetti for a more eco-friendly alternative—paper confetti. This festive touch adds a burst of color to your celebrations without harming the environment. You can even make your own by recycling old newspapers or magazines. By choosing sustainable options, you can welcome the New Year with a sense of responsibility and environmental consciousness. After the countdown, easily clean up and dispose of paper confetti by recycling or composting, leaving behind only the memories of a joyous celebration.

This holiday season, let sustainability be the guiding star for your decorations. By incorporating these eco-friendly ideas, you can contribute to a greener and more mindful celebration. As we gather with loved ones to rejoice in the spirit of the season, let’s also celebrate our commitment to preserving the beauty of our planet for generations to come. May your holidays be both festive and sustainably splendid!

Want to learn more on how to celebrate sustainability this holiday season?
Check out Keep America Beautiful’s Holiday eBook so you can have all the tips and tricks to make your celebrations fabulous for your guests and Mother Nature.