Most of us will be spending more time at home during the holidays than we typically do, and many folks are trying to find new and creative ways to spend it. That’s why we’ve put together this list of environmentally-friendly activities for individuals, families, and kids to do this holiday season. So if you’re beginning to panic about how you’ll stay sane at home with the family or how you’ll keep your spirits up without friends around, look no further.
1. Do some early spring cleaning.
The holidays often mean lots of new things. Avoid clutter overload and help out people in need by donating these unwanted items to homeless shelters or other worthy organizations. This will keep your home neat, your community cared for, and your old items out of a landfill.
2. Watch a Movie about the Environment.
Take a break from the Hallmark specials for something that urges you and your family to deeply consider their interactions with the world around them. The Lorax and Wall-E are both entertaining and family-friendly movies to start with.
3. Plant An Herb Garden.
Unlike a regular outdoor garden, which requires warm temperatures and lots of space, herb gardens can be planted indoors and take up a lot less square footage. Plus, they’ll help to keep the air in your home clean and fresh and provide yummy additions to your favorite meals.
4. Make Your Own Cleaning Products.
Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can harm ecosystems if they find their way into groundwater and soil. Research environmentally friendly versions that can be made with typical household ingredients that you probably have on hand.
5. Start a Compost.
Many fortunate families find themselves with an abundance of perishable foods during the holiday season, making it a great time to start a compost. Ruse your food waste to create the perfect soil for your garden this Spring.
6. Make Some Plant-Based Meals and Treats.
Not only is plant-based eating better for your body, it’s also better for the environment. You probably have more time to cook than usual while home for the holidays, so check out some of the countless yummy plant-based recipes available online and form some healthy and sustainable eating habits for the new year.
7. Plant a Tree!
What better way to end the year (or kick off the new one) as an individual or family than with one of the best ways to give the environment a boost? Planting a tree can create a lasting impact on the planet, as it will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which helps to negate the greenhouse effect. Treehuggers Bracelets invites you to plant with us this year, and it couldn’t be any easier. When you purchase any bracelet from our collection, our team will plant a tree in a protected area. So you get a stylish accessory, and Planet Earth gets a helping hand.