a green christmas

by kath_red on 13/12/2007

in Green Crafting

Christmas is a time, for many, of over spending and indulging and not thinking terribly much about being environmentally conscious. All that toy packaging and christmas wrapping, being aware of how you deal with all that can be pretty boring – but it is important. Lime has a great article on 7 ways to green your christmas. They recommend a bit of frugality this season – consider recycling gift wrap or making your own, recycling decorations and perhaps donating some of that saved money to a charity.

over at planet green (treehugger’s new venture) lots of fresh and fun ideas to green up your christmas giving – just for starters – making your own recipe book, gift baskets, dough christmas decorations, and caramel popcorn.

Speaking of TreeHugger, they recently had an article on how the NY Times has called eco friendly – the new Grinch! Apparently the NY Times quoted someone as saying the call for less excessive consumption during the holidays sounds almost un-American. and implies that going green for Christmas is divisive and preachy. Any thoughts?

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1 Christina December 13, 2007 at 9:39 am

I would certainly hope that there’s something more, and more positive, to being American (or any nationality) than spending too much money and getting into debt. That sounds like an inadvertently revealing comment to me. And we liberals are supposedly the ones who hate America?


2 Cara December 13, 2007 at 4:19 pm

I agree with Christina. It just helps to highlight why capitalist economies and being green struggle to mix (the current talks in Bali are a perfect example) – we live in a system predicated on constant growth through consumption. We need to all do our bit by stepping back and slowing down. Taking time to appreciate what you have and not what you don’t seems to be part of what the Christmas message should be about. What’s un-American (or un-British etc) about that?


3 Paula Barros December 13, 2007 at 6:30 pm


For a green Christmas, you can see how to make a christmas tree with a magazine on my blog http://www.artezanias.blogspot.com
I wish you a Green Christhmas!


4 stringy December 16, 2007 at 3:41 pm

I thought the Grinch was the one who learned the lesson that Christmas can’t be bought in a store? Sounds like the NYT needs to go back and re-read their Christmas stories…


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