Practicing Sustainability this Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time to reconnect and celebrate with family and friends. Be it decorating a tree or cooking meals together, each of us enjoys our own traditions! As we prepare, it is important to remain mindful of ways to make this time of year more sustainable. Let’s highlight some sustainable holiday practices that will help us stay on track as we close out the year.
Since the onset of the pandemic, small businesses have faced a lot of challenges. Purchasing gifts and products from local shops benefit your local economy and allow homegrown companies to keep their doors open. Not only that, but shopping locally reduces the amount of gas you use, reducing your individual carbon footprint. This action is an extremely easy way to benefit the economy and environment throughout the holiday season.
The Christmas tree is a beautiful focal point in any home during the holidays, and artificial trees have become a popular choice versus a live tree. Ever wonder which is the most eco-friendly option? Believe it or not, real trees from the great outdoors are most eco-friendly. Greenhouse gas emissions, resource usage, fertilizers, pesticides and human health impacts involved in synthetic tree manufacturing contribute negatively to our environment. Plus, after the holidays are over, many cities have options to recycle your real tree, which in turn are re-used as mulch or wood chips. Recycling your tree is an excellent sustainable practice.
Food is one of the best parts of the holidays! There are many family traditions and fun recipes to try. Unfortunately, there is often food waste during this time of year, and we should try to reduce this waste as much as possible. So, before you celebrate, plan on saving your leftovers or giving some away to guests. Leftovers are not only great for the weekend after but also can be frozen and used in the future. And, if you end up with way too much green bean casserole, try composting your leftovers or donating to a local food bank.
Colorful, bright lights are a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer but can also be extremely energy draining. Switching your holiday lights to LED lights is a quick and easy alternative that will cut down energy use and provide savings on your next utility bill. Additionally, they release minimal heat and use 90 percent less energy than regular bulbs, which are two more benefits you will experience when switching.
Our commitment to green initiatives started in 1986 when Absopure became the first water company to recycle its own plastic bottles after establishing Clean Tech. Clean Tech recycles over three billion bottles per year! Our commitment to green initiatives started in 1986 when Absopure became the first water company to recycle its own plastic bottles after establishing Clean Tech. This plant recycles over three billion bottles per year! At Absopure, we take pride in practicing sustainability. In fact, our Eco-Pak™ bottles are made from recycled bottles.
Join us this holiday season to make sustainable choices and create a healthier planet.