Use natural materials:
When decorating for the holidays, try using natural materials. These include logs, tree branches, leaves, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and fruits such as dried berries and oranges. Using natural materials that can decompose will help keep the plastic decor out of the landfill.
Have a plan for your tree:
Some families opt for using a real Christmas tree instead of a fake one for the holiday. This might sound odd, but using a real tree may be better for the environment than a fake tree! Synthetic trees are often made with PVC plastics, a non-recyclable material that also creates pollution during manufacturing. Additionally, at the end of your fake tree’s life, it has to be buried in a landfill.
Depending on where you live, your city could have a tree drop-off center or have curbside pickup on specific dates. Make sure you remove all ornaments, lights, and the stand. In Burnaby, for example, trees over five feet must be cut in half, and trees are not allowed in the green bin.
Use LED lights:
Use LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs. LED lights do not get hot to the touch which means they’re a lot safer to use with your other decorations. LED lights also use less energy than incandescent bulbs and are a lot more durable, which means that you can use them year after year without needing to purchase new lights.
If you use lights, turn them off when not in use.
Put your lights on a timer so you can regulate how long they are turned on.
When decorating your tree, try substituting lights for popcorn and cranberry garlands.
DIY or second-hand décor:
For decorations around the house, instead of going to the mall to buy new decorations, shop around at your local thrift stores. Thrift stores can have a good collection of vintage holiday decor to give more uniqueness to the decor around your house. Shopping second-hand stores are also great for those who opt to DIY their holiday decor.