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Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Holiday Decorations

December 8, 2023

The holiday season is a time of joy, giving, and celebration. However, the traditional way of decorating with plastic baubles and disposable decorations can have a significant impact on our environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives that can help us celebrate the season while minimizing our carbon footprint. 

Read on as we explore some creative ideas for eco-conscious holiday decorating, featuring sustainable materials, upcycling projects, and ways to reduce waste during the festive season.

Natural Ornaments

One of the simplest ways to decorate sustainably is to bring nature indoors. Collect pinecones, acorns, and twigs from your yard or a local park to create beautiful ornaments. These natural elements not only look stunning but also decompose harmlessly when the holiday season is over. Plus, it's a great way to involve the whole family in crafting your own unique decorations.

Upcycled Decorations

Instead of buying new decorations every year, consider upcycling items you already have or finding treasures at thrift stores. Old glass jars can be transformed into charming candle holders or snow globes. Empty wine bottles can become elegant candlesticks. This not only reduces waste but also gives your decorations a personal touch.

Cloth and Fabric Decor

Switch out disposable plastic tablecloths and decorations with reusable cloth and fabric options. Linen or cotton table runners, napkins, and placemats not only look sophisticated but can be used year after year. You can also make your own fabric garlands or wreaths from scrap fabric or old clothes.

Living Decor

Bringing live plants into your home is a fantastic way to decorate and purify the air at the same time. Poinsettias, Christmas cacti, and small evergreen trees make wonderful holiday decorations. After the season, you can continue to care for them or plant them in your garden.

Recycled Wrapping Paper

Conventional wrapping paper is often non-recyclable due to the dyes and coatings used. Opt for recycled or recyclable wrapping paper, or get creative with alternative wrapping materials. Old newspapers, brown paper bags, and even cloth can be used to wrap your gifts. Top them off with reusable fabric ribbons or twine for a charming, eco-friendly touch.

DIY Advent Calendar

Create a sustainable advent calendar by using small, reusable containers like mason jars or fabric pouches. Fill them with treats or small gifts, and you can use the same calendar, year after year. It's a fun tradition that reduces waste.

Wooden Decorations

Wooden decorations have a timeless and rustic charm. Invest in wooden ornaments, tree toppers, and figurines that you can use for many holiday seasons to come. These items are often handcrafted and will add a touch of elegance to your decor.

Repurposed Glass Bottles

If you enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling cider during the holidays, don't throw those bottles away. Instead, turn them into beautiful candle holders. Remove the labels, clean the bottles, and insert tall candles for a lovely and eco-friendly centerpiece.

Energy-Efficient Heating

While not a traditional decoration, making your home more energy-efficient during the holidays is a sustainable choice. Ensure your home is well-insulated, seal any drafts, and use a programmable thermostat to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’re looking for a home in Georgia or South Carolina to make your own with eco-friendly and sustainable holiday decorations, Landmark 24 Homes is ready to build it. Pick a floor plan and choose additional options that call to you and make the perfect home to decorate this holiday season. Contact us for more information today!


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