“Going green isn’t just about bringing pieces into your home that are made with recycled, reused or reclaimed materials. Being resourceful is the original green.” so says Danny Seo, often referred to as a green lifestyle guru.
I thought it might be helpful and interesting to list several ideas that I have been doing for years along with some ideas gleaned from the internet regarding decorating in an eco-friendly fashion this holiday season.
Obviously, it is eco-smart to reuse your existing holiday decorations, yet somehow we always feel the need for something new.
“There is a huge movement towards respecting the planet during the holidays,” says Cheryl Terrace, an eco-designer. “The focus is shifting from mass consumerism to creating a holiday that’s about gratitude, especially for the environment.”
Here are a few websites that offer eco-friendly gifts for the season as well:
Before you spend any money on holiday decor, look around your house, you probably have holiday decor, dinnerware and linens you have forgotten about. Anything you can reuse or repurpose will contribute to a more festive holiday event without the heavy price tag usually associated with holiday decorating and entertaining. If you must purchase, think multi-purpose: buy holiday decor and accessories that can be used at events throughout the year. It can be easy to fall into the trap of excess during the holidays – too many presents, too much waste, too much money spent, too much plastic. Don’t let the season change your green goals.
Happy holidays from Lisa Kawski at lmk interiors, ltd. www.lmkinteriorsltd.com