59 Christmas Ideas to Help Save the Environment

We don't want to ruin your Holliday Season so we looked for a way to quantify the impact Christmas has on the environment that doesn't make us look like Scrooge or the Grinch. We found these charts that show Santa's carbon footprint. They are done in a light hearted way but still get the point across that we should be aware of ways to reduce the excesses of this great time of year. Santa's Carbon Footprint


15 Don’t wrap Christmas presents  Read more

154 Buy real Christmas trees DEBATE  Read more

161 Save bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts from packages to use again

175 Reuse gift wrappings and bows

176 Use gift bags that can be reused instead of wrapping paper

216 Use led Christmas lights on house

601 Connect Christmas lighting to timer and shut off after Midnight

629 Use led Christmas lights on tree

633 Reduce the number of Christmas lights you use

677 Don’t use scented candles  Read more

694 Wrap gifts in fabric and tie with ribbon; both are reusable  Read more

730 Give energy saving gifts on Christmas

731 Give environmentally friendly gifts on Christmas

809 Use Energy Star decorative light strings for the holiday

811 Buy living tree you can plant outside or keep as a houseplant after holidays  Read more

812 Take tree to chipping facility or return to environment in Eco-friendly way  Read more

813 Consider using few or no lights in your holiday decorations

814 Save money and resources by making your own gifts

815 Give experiential gifts like theater tickets or other experience based tickets

817 Reuse the fronts of old cards as holiday postcards or gift tags

818 Buy cards made from “post-consumer” content and printed in non-toxic inks