9 ways to green your holiday

Make it a green holiday (Photo by Amy Anastasopoulos)

Make it a green holiday (Photo by Amy Anastasopoulos)

December 18, 2013 | by Amy Anastasopoulos

Here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we’re gearing up for an eco-friendly holiday, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite tips on how to “green” your holiday celebrations.                    




  1. Bring a reusable bag when heading out to the store for some holiday shopping.
  2. Make unique and recyclable gift tags by reusing the fronts of old holiday cards.
  3. Wrap your gifts in recyclable materials such as magazine ads, old maps, newspaper, or in reusable items such as cloth bags, scarves or tablecloths.
  4. Save used wrapping paper for next year or use it to store delicate holiday decorations.
  5. Use a potted spruce or evergreen if a tree is a holiday tradition in your family; they can be planted in the garden later.
  6. Decorate with everyday foods such as cranberries, popcorn, nuts and fruit, which can be fed to birds or composted after the holidays.
  7. Make your own  gifts: paintings, knitted or crocheted items, jams, preserves or baked goods. Your recipient will appreciate the time and effort put into their gift.
  8. Give “experience gifts” like tickets to the local theatre, a concert or sports event or gift certificates to local restaurants or spas. 
  9. Donate to a charity in someone’s name. NCC’s Gifts of Canadian Nature are unique symbolic gifts of habitat, perfect for the nature lover on your list. Help NCC protect Canadian habitat today!
Amy Anastasopoulos (Photo courtesy of Amy Anastasopoulos)

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Amy Anastasopoulos is NCC's marketing coordinator.

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