Environmentally-friendly Holiday Decorations
For those of you who might have missed my post last week, I am attempting to plan an eco-friendly holiday season this year.
Each year I seem to find some new holiday-themed knick-knacks or decorations that I absolutely cannot live without. I buy them with wanton disregard for how they are made, what they are made of and where they come from.
As a general rule, these sparkly little chotchkies are plastic-based crap made in polluting factories then cargo-shipped from China to be sold at Wal-Mart. They may be fake (sorry, "faux") pine boughs glued to a styrofoam wreath, big plastic letters wrapped in velvet that spell out nonsensical words when rearranged by hubby, or a giant inflatable Santa in a globe with swirling polyethelyne snow beads.
I love them all.
But, I will no longer be purchasing any of this lame-ass crap. None of it. No matter how sparkly it is. And to ensure that I don't, I have developed the following plan:
- I will make do with the decorations I already have.
- I will create my own lame-ass decorations with my children.
- And, if a moment of weakness does arrive, I will purchase hand-crafted decorations made from sustainable materials and produced by local artisans.
Of course, that artisan stuff is usually pretty pricey, so I'll probably just stick with the first two options. I may no longer be tacky, but I'm still cheap.
Based on previous years' experience, I would guesstimate that I will be saving approximately 8-10 pounds of pure crap and all the CO2 pollution that comes with it.
Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5
The trick with this is to STAY THE HELL OUT OF WAL-MART AND TARGET! If I don't see it, I won't want it. God help me if I end up needed underwear, method handsoap or giant bags of candy though.