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Eco-Friendly Decorating Tips for the Holidays

By Samantha Kruse

With the holidays comes traditions like baking, decorating, and spending time with family, and decorating your living space for the holidays is the best way to get into the seasonal spirit. While decorating for this time of year, keep the environment in mind. Sustainably deck out your space for the holidays by looking at these tips.  

Use decorations from years prior 

Using decorations that you already own saves money and the environment. There is something special about saving decorations from when you were a kid and pulling them out each year for the season. Family heirlooms hold importance for families and are also a beautiful way to decorate the home. If the adornments are still holding up from previous years, find new ways to arrange them that will give your space an updated look.


If you find yourself in need of more decorations, thrifting is a great way to repurpose an item. There are hidden gems in thrift shops and it can be fun discovering these antique pieces. This is not only budget-friendly shopping, but it keeps “out of date” decorations from going into the landfills. It also helps slow the production and consumption of new products in stores as less people buy. 

Wrap gifts in cloth or recycled paper

Opening gifts is thrilling, as you tear the package apart to see what is inside. Instead of buying wrapping paper, use reusable cloth to cover a gift. In 2019, Kim Kardashian revealed how she wraps her gifts in cloth and not only did it look beautiful, but it also saved paper. If you are not feeling the cloth, using newspaper or recyclable wrapping paper would also be eco-friendly, as you can throw it in the recycle bin after use. Regular and glossy paper can be recycled, but wrapping paper with glitter, flakes, or plastics cannot be. 

Sustainable lights

LED lights are energy-efficient, as they use “up to 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs,” and they last longer, according to Green Matters. Solar-powered lights are a great way to decorate your outdoor space. These lights are able to receive renewable energy from the sun and are beneficial to the environment, as they reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Set your lights to a timer; this will save energy and your electricity bill. Running lights all day wastes energy, but using a timer conveniently allows the lights to go on and off at a certain time, conserving energy. Any of these items can be found at your local Target, Walmart, or Home Depot, or you can buy online at places, like Amazon. 

This time of year can be a great time to connect with loved ones and continue family traditions. Just remember that reusing, reducing, and recycling is key to having an environmentally-friendly holiday season. 

Samantha Kruse 

Writer, Stylist, and PR | Thread Magazine

Writer for The Beat | The Post

Staff for Pop Culture | The Bench Press Media

Project Member  | Sustainable Action League

Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority  

Strategic Communication Major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Ohio University ‘24

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