Green Holiday Tips from Our Facebook Fans

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Green Holiday Tips from Our Facebook Fans

By Amy Ganderson

In the spirit of Green Gift Monday, we asked The Nature Conservancy’s Facebook fans to complete the following statement, “I’d like to make the holidays green for my family by _________.”

Here are a few of our favorites from our Facebook page.

Special thanks to the 329,000+ Facebook friends of The Nature Conservancy. You inspire us with your witty comments and generous likes. Enjoy!

Green Holiday Traditions from Our Facebook Community:

  1. Cutting down on lights and not cutting down trees! – Jennifer B.
  2. Using nature as decorations such as leaves, pinecones etc. for ornaments. – Jennifer T.
  3. Giving to causes I love in their honor, rather than buying stuff. – Feather River Land Trust
  4. We get a real tree and use it for the xmas tree then plant when it gets warmer. We’ve planted a blue spruce (which is VERY slow growing) and several other types of pine trees that are doing fabulous. Not sure what to get this year! – Melissa J.
  5. Shopping locally, shopping at the small individually owned businesses, and making some gifts. – Kim G.
  6. Using rewashable dishes and utensils instead of paper and plastic. – Matt R.
  7. I am going to be green(er) this Thanksgiving by NOT flying home to spend it with family. Out of all the things I could possibly do it seems to me that not flying would have the biggest impact. – Kat L.
  8. We used to make bonfire in the patio to not waste energy and just hang out there sharing stories and singing. Is really good to get to know each other better and have a good time. – Jessica F.
  9. Using newspapers or left over bags to wrap presents. – Betsy W.
  10. Writing a letter telling them my love instead of trying to buy it for them. – Barbara H.

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  1. we go to goodwill, buy fabric in festive colors (or sheets/pillowcases for larger items) and use them to wrap gifts. They turn out beautifully, and are so fun. Then, the day after Christmas, we re-donate the fabric and sheets, etc back to goodwill. They get my “donation” twice: first as a purchase, then as a donation to resell. And, our recycling bin is significantly less full on Christmas day. For gifts we give away, outside the family, we wrap them in things that will be used again, such as dishtowels for small items, or reusable grocery bags.

  2. Creating this awareness by some initiative that could have a bigger impact. E.g. I’m going to share this page on as an effort to increase the audience who could see people propagating the ‘Going Green’ notion.

  3. I use a real Christmas tree. Real trees provide space for wildlife. So don’t worry about cutting one down. Another will be planted!

  4. Re-gift with pride, not guilt. Buy in bulk and mix up custom herb combinations, make jelly, bake bread – and give it away. Crochet pot holders, make curtains, build a hydroponic lettuce-growing apparatus for the window out of recycled materials.

  5. I am making my gifts again this year. Using recycled men’s shirts and sweaters to make bags and stuffed animals. If I buy any gifts, I will get them from local shops and indie craft fairs. We bought an Arizona Cypress last year for a tree and it is growing great in our backyard. Plan to do the same this year. We have been reusing the same gift bags for years. They go from my family to my sister and back again and again. I love not spending money on wrapping paper besides the waste of one-use items.

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