Happy holidays from the Helen + Gertrude Sustainability Committee! We’re excited to present our annual Sustainable Holiday Guide, filled with our top tips for expanding our green efforts as a community this season. It’s not about being perfect, but about taking small steps together to be a little kinder to our planet. Read on for eco-friendly home decor ideas, shopping practices, delicious vegan recipes, and more!
Consider investing in LED holiday lights instead of fluorescent ones. LED lights use up to 75% less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional lights—a win for the environment AND your wallet.
Did you know traditional wrapping paper is not recyclable? Wrap gifts with recycled newspaper or paper grocery bags (Trader Joe’s has especially festive ones!), consider compostable eco wrapping paper, or try your hand at the Japanese art of gift wrapping, furoshiki.
The Great Tree Debate: is real or fake better for the environment? Most sources say real trees are the way to go, as long as you recycle it properly after. If fake works better for your lifestyle, consider buying one secondhand!
The Best Treats Are Made With Love—For the Environment, That Is 😉