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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Magazine

The Greener Guide to Holiday Celebrations

Dec 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Patti Beres
 Celebrate the season with both festivity and eco-consciousness. Make heartfelt greetings eco-friendly by opting for e-cards or recycled paper. Upcycle saved cards for a touch of nostalgia and consider budget-friendly open box or secondhand items for sustainable options that also save items from landfills.

Bring natural outdoor beauty inside by adorning interior spaces with potted plants, sustainable wreaths or dried flowers from local vendors. Embrace a rustic charm by repurposing fallen branches and pinecones for DIY decorations. Support local winter wildlife by adding bird houses and feeders made from recycled materials. Use energy-efficient lighting and locally sourced natural decorations for festive displays.

When it comes to gifts, prioritize experiences over products to minimize packaging and strengthen connections. Choose local products from small businesses and eco-conscious brands. Opt for resourceful alternative coverings like reusable fabric or repurposed materials to reduce waste. Enhance wrapping by adding gently used or handmade ornaments and ribbon.

Share the joy of renewable enthusiasm by weaving these environmentally friendly choices into celebrations this season.
Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC in Delafield. They offer landscaping, winter services and ice melt. For more information, call 262-361-4034 or visit