Written by: Kaleido moms and dads
Whenever I think of the magic of the holidays, I get a little giddy. And now that I’m a mom, the holiday season seems even more exciting.
So even though I love decorating, giving gifts, and planning fun family get‑togethers, this year I’d like to do things a little differently, a little more environmentally, so my daughter starts learning what she can do to help the planet.
Below are a few simple ideas to help make your holiday season greener, one little step at a time.
Not everyone likes giving gifts, but I sure do! Still, I had to ask myself what I could do little differently. I came up with a few good ideas to keep the wrapping paper and bows to a minimum and avoid giving the kind of gifts that are soon forgotten. Bonus: These are also great ideas for that someone who has everything!
For kids: A winter picnic with hot chocolate, an afternoon of sledding, a backward dinner (dessert first!) and, to top it all off, a movie‑and‑pyjama party.
For adults: Breakfast in bed, an outdoor activity, and a favorite dish for dinner.
Reducing your wrapping paper and bows is already a step in the right direction. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
Many of us take to the road during the holidays to visit family and friends. While public transit isn’t always a viable option, I’ve got a great alternative: buying educational carbon credits from Bourse du carbone Scol’ERE (in French). By offsetting your carbon emissions, you’ll help deliver a creative educational program on sustainable living to children in primary schools across the province. With just $7, you can offset 1,000 km of vehicle travel (in French). It’s totally worth it!
Making your gatherings eco‑friendly doesn’t mean they’ll be boring! Here are a few simple suggestions:
Making a difference can be easy and fun. It just takes a bit of thought and creativity. Even if everyone took up just one of these suggestions, there’d be a whole lot less waste this Christmas.