Counting Down to a Greener Christmas
Christmas has snuck up on us again. But this year, more eco-conscious merrymakers have been humming to a different tune. It’s not the 12 days of Christmas but rather the 12 days to a greener holiday.
“We just think it’s important to keep it simple during the holidays because of the economy and how easy it is to get caught up being materialistic,” said Kelly Perry from the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation.
She and dozens of other organizations shared their ideas on how to have an even greener Christmas in the islands at the Green Community Fair earlier this month.
The Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation suggests purchasing live, potted trees that can be kept even after the holidays. In order to reduce waste, cancel any unwanted holiday catalogs that usually get sent in the mail and choose reusable plates and utensils for those company Christmas parties. For those planning on caroling throughout neighborhoods, bring a trash bag along to pick up any litter.
Many at the fair got creative with wrapping gifts. They used recycled wrapping paper and decorated paper grocery bags with magazine cut-outs. Furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese cloth wrapping, could also be a more sustainable way of concealing those presents from loved ones. Handkerchiefs, hand towels and even paper towels make for great Furoshiki wrapping.
Shop for gently used gifts at thrift shops or garage sales this holiday season. Kamehameha High School students representing the Tree Huggers Club at the fair brought new color and life to old pieces of clothing and materials. Most planned on giving the items as gifts to friends and family.
“(Giving tie-dyed gifts) is good because you can go to Savers or a thrift store and just get white clothes to dye,” said senior and club member Sunshine Gay Warren. “It’s making stuff from the heart rather than buying stuff, so it’s cheap, and it’s heartfelt.”
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Alyssa S. Navares for PacificNetwork.tv