Holidays turn entire neighborhoods into completely different dimensions. Why? The decorations of course!
When you think of your favorite holidays, you can immediately see the setting spruced up with trendy decor or family ornaments. You remember the atmosphere so fondly thanks to the care put into the display of holiday cheer, especially holidays like Christmas.
You can still have awesome holiday decorations while staying sustainable. In fact, you don’t even have to come up with your own ideas of how. Tons of eco-conscious creatives have created DIY or shared their favorite ways to reduce waste during the holiday season. We’re spreading the word by sharing these blogs, lists, videos, and DIY projects we gathered for you to gain inspiration from.
Let’s take a deep dive into how you can have a sustainable holiday season with zero waste decorations.
Potpourri anyone? This is a classic and easy way to start off your decorations, which is why it’s first on this list. Potpourri is a mixture of dried petals, spices, and fruits placed in a bowl or small sack. It’s an elegant decoration that makes an excellent centerpiece, and doubles as a way to perfume a room. You could make your own over the stove top like Her Wholesome Kitchen to bring the warm holiday feeling.
2. Dried Fruit Garland
Speaking of dried fruit, there are other easy ways you can put your fruit to good decoration use. Turn your fruit into a trendy garland. You can hang garlands over your doorways, windows, or even shelves. They make a great background for pictures that you can look back on for a longtime as you think about the holidays. Popular versions of dried fruit garlands include citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruit. The Rural Legend did their own DIY specifically using oranges.
3. Scrap Fabric Bow
At this time of the year, clothing drives are very popular as one of the main ways to foster social good during the holiday season. You may have bags of clothes you’re ready to offer up, but what about the clothes you can’t donate? Take any ripped or torn clothes and turn them into Scrap fabric Bows. You can take inspiration from The Creativity Exchange to make a scrap-fabric-themed wreath or place them around furniture for an extra festive look.
4. Origami Snowflake
Who says you can’t control the weather? Save the planet from more waste by gathering your scrap papers and creating your own winter wonderland with Origami Snowflakes. This simple project could be used all around your space. You could try ideas like using the paper snowflakes as ornaments or letting the beautiful origami dangle from the ceiling as if it’s snowing. If you don’t know how to fold the snowflakes, you can check out these tutorials from The Spruce Crafts (beginner) and Origami Princess (intermediate).
5. Dried Fruit Ornaments
If you decorate and still find yourself with leftover fruit, turn the pieces into dried ornaments for your family and guests to admire. Hanging dried fruit can offer a warm and rustic vibe to your holiday decorations. Similar to potpourri, the dried fruits can add extra fragrance to the holiday atmosphere. These ornaments can do more than decorate the Christmas Tree. Take a look at how A Beautiful Mess uses Dried Fruit Ornaments during the holiday season.
What about the Christmas Tree?
Among the eco-friendly community, there’s a conversation of whether artificial or real trees are better.
Some people like the idea of an artificial tree. This option may seem backwards at first, but here’s why it’s not exactly: having one tree to use every year could reduce the impact of buying a tree every year. Instead of trees being cut down to use for a month or two (if you’re the type to keep your tree up), you can have an artificial tree that you storeaway until the holiday season.
Having an artificial tree is also less of a hassle than setting up a real tree, but it all depends on which holiday traditions you hold near and dear to your heart.
The argument against artificial trees is that they are often made of the very plastics we want to keep away from the environment. Therefore, the two options became: 1) make artificial trees from recycled plastic or 2) use real trees.
Some people like the idea of real trees. Despite cutting down trees, the discussion focuses on tree recycling programs that turn the trees back into sustainable material, such as mulch.
Perhaps the best way to find out is for the social impact community to do a Life Cycle Assessment for each option? Until then, you should choose what’s best for you currently based on the information you have. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!