Have Yourself an Eco-Friendly, Little Christmas…
Most of you probably already know that I am a huge proponent of “green” interior design! In addition, I am educating myself this year on ways to have a more eco-friendly Christmas. Although I have not actually implemented all of these ideas in my own home yet, I want to share my research with you in this blog post. If we all make just a few changes in our own holiday traditions, we can collectively make a significant impact on our environment!
Here are a few “green” Christmas tips to get us started…
(Except where noted, photos from Country Living.)
1. Switch to energy-efficient, LED lights for your holiday decorating.
These types of lights burn 80 to 90 percent less energy than traditional Christmas lights. In addition, they are cool to the touch, which makes them a much safer option for decorating your tree.
And if you need further proof, consider this…. the Rockefeller Center Tree in NYC has even been converted to LED lights! To learn more details, click HERE.
2. Decorate with vintage or antique decor, rather than buying new.
By recycling old pieces, less waste is produced in the disposal of old items. In addition, less energy is expended in the manufacturing of new items to replace the old.
3. Decorate with greenery or natural elements from your own yard!
4. Make your own garland and decorations.
Click HERE to go to the recipe for these Gingerbread Snowflake ornaments (below).
5. Use recycled wrapping paper and ribbon, or create your own unique designs!
5. Rather than cutting down a real tree or purchasing a faux tree, buy a potted tree with a root ball that can be planted in your yard after the holidays.
(Although this is a fabulous “green” alternative, I must confess that I am not yet ready to give up my traditional Christmas trees! Maybe in future years, though…)
6. Rather than throwing away your Christmas cards when the season is over, recycle them into next year’s gift tags by cutting out the fronts into smaller shapes and attaching ribbons.
7. Recycle your tree!
Some cities pick up discarded Christmas trees on a specific day, then have them turned into mulch. To find out more about your area, contact your local sanitation department or check online at Earth 911.
So, come on, everyone…. Will you join me this year in an effort to spread awareness and contribute to a more environmentally-conscious holiday season? Post a comment about your experiences or ideas! I would love to hear from you!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP WITH MAKING YOUR HOME EVEN MORE FABULOUS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM
- South Carolina interior design
- South Carolina luxury interior design
- Charleston interior design
- Charleston luxury interior design
- Luxury interior design Myrtle Beach
- Interior design Myrtle Beach
- Wilmington interior design
- Wilmington luxury interior design
- Florence, SC interior design
- Florence, SC luxury interior design
- Home remodeling Myrtle Beach
- Home renovation Myrtle Beach
- Luxury green interior design Myrtle Beach
- Green interior design Myrtle Beach
- Family-centered interior design
- Condo furnishings
- Beach condos