Holidays are a celebratory time; it’s hard to deny ourselves of practices that put us in a festive mood. But if we’re serious about saving our planet, we should reevaluate some traditions in favor of greener solutions. Celebrate a more eco-friendly holiday with these tips:
Cut back on holiday lighting. Consider using fewer lights overall. Put them up later or take them down earlier. Minimize the hours you have your display lit; using a timer will help. Remember LED lighting uses less energy.
Use less wrapping paper. Gift wrap, while pretty and traditional, is wasteful. Reusing it is an option, but finding an alternative is better. Think outside the box (or use a box) to imagine new ideas, such as recycled cloth, baskets, tins, jars and more.
Be responsible with your real holiday tree. Buy a locally sourced or locally grown tree. Compost it after the season, or buy a live tree and plant it.
An environmentally friendly holiday can still be magical, and the planet will be better off for it.
Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.