Shop Green This Holiday Season

If you ask most Americans, the holidays are a time when friends and family get together to enjoy meals and exchange presents. Black Friday is the official start of holiday shopping season, but this year we encourage you to do something different–shop green! Shopping green can take a variety of forms, so we’ve listed some of our favorite ways to green your holiday season:

  • Buy local - When you spend money locally, a larger portion of this cash stays close to home. Hit your local farmers market for gourmet foods, handmade crafts, art and more! Also, shopping at any non-chain does the trick too!
  • Avoid toys with PVC and other toxic chemicals – Check all packaging to ensure toys are safe. We have a variety of child-safe toys and products to choose from at Charleston Naturally.
  • Say no to wrapping paper - Get creative and use old materials and turn them into a beautifully packaged gift. If you’re not the artsy type, reuse old wrapping paper, boxes or bags.

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  • Recycle, recycle, recycle – Avoid disposable cutlery and plates and make use of reusable materials at holiday parties. Don’t forget to recycle all packaging and wrap.
  • Donate as a gift- Make a donation in someone’s name or to their favorite charity. This is a great option for the person that has everything.
  • Replace holiday cards with e-cards, tree-free cards or cards made from recycled materials.
  • Shop thrifty and upcycle - One man’s (or woman’s) trash is another person’s treasure, and this holds true for holidays. Thrift stores often carry gently used items. Plus, you can upcycle old items into something new and different!
  • Don’t forget reusable bags
  • Shop online - Shopping online can cut down on transportation costs and materials because home delivery is more efficient than shipping to individual stores.
  • Green your holiday travel - Check out our article on green travel for some tips that apply year round.