Keep America Beautiful Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season

by | Dec 3, 2018

Make a difference this holiday season by taking small steps that can make a meaningful difference by reducing waste and your carbon footprint. And since it’s the season of giving, share these eco-friendly tips with family and friends!

  1. Reuse newspaper and paper bags in place of wrapping paper for gifts. Don’t forget to recycle the paper afterward – just remove the tape.
    • Another creative idea for wrapping: use gently-used scarves, handkerchiefs or tea towels for difffiutlt-to-wrap items. You can also package edible gifts using glass bottles or reusable tins.
  2. When entertaining, cut down on excess waste and use real dishware and cutlery instead of disposable plastic, foam, or paper plates and utensils.
    • Also use cloth tablecloths and napkins instead of paper options.
  3. Bring reusable bags when you go shopping – not just at the grocery store but at every store!
  4. Buy products made with recycled content to help “close the loop” and support the recycling industry.
  5. Make natural decorations. Instead of using plastic décor, find things in nature, including pine cones and evergreen branches.
  6. Buy a live, potted Christmas tree to decorate — then plant it in your backyard (if you have one!) after the holiday. 
  7. Consider sending e-cards, make your own, or buy cards made with recycled content.
  8. Make recycling easy for guests. Place recycling bins beside every trash bin, and make sure the products you provide can be reused or recycled.
  9. Check locally to recycle your old or burned out holiday string lights.
  10. Reduce your carbon emissions by coordinating carpools with family and friends to holiday get togethers. 


Instead of struggling to find the perfect gift, donate to a charity you admire (like us at Keep America Beautiful!) in a friend or family member’s name. You can also give the gift of a unique experience rather than a tangible gift!