I am considering not sending holiday cards this year due to all that I am learning about environmental waste over the holiday season. I am on the hunt for sustainable cards so, if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Rather then paper cards, I am considering sharing all holiday cheer across my social media outlets & simply calling those that I am close with to extend well wishes vs. cards. Why? According to Stanford University, The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high!
Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!
The more I learn, the more I want to participate in protecting our environment. The changes that I can make (and you) are pretty simple! And contributing to the sustainable wellness of our surroundings, feels like a really healthy decision. Stanford University has so much amazing ideas! I included them below!
In addition to Stanford's brilliant sustainability suggestions, one of my favorite sites for more 'sustainable holiday' ideas has been the Toronto Environmental Alliance (included below as well). Change simply requires us to take the time to get educated. So, if you have a few minutes today, read through the resources I have provided below. And maybe choose one or two 'tips' to help our planet.
The couple of changes I am personally making are: Decorating my home w/ nature vs/ store bought/boxed decor. For example, a bowl of cranberries on the kitchen table w/ a sprinkle of evergreen, cinnamon sticks in glass jars for a holiday 'scent' to fill the air vs. store bought candles & homemade edible gifts made of organic fruits, nuts & seeds (vs. material gifts).
Once I really understood the benefits of eating whole organic foods from the earth, my wellness journey began to trickle into sustainability as a whole. It's an amazing journey! I'd love if you joined me or at the very least, explored the links below for any ideas that resonate with you.