Eco-Friendly Decorations

As many (most) of you, my favorite time of the year is Christmas. A time where family and friends come together to share good food, conversation, sometimes gifts, and bragging rights about decorations exceeding expectations. Though this time is precious with loved ones that doesn’t mean we can’t be aware and minimize the costs of celebrating to the environment and our own pocket. Below are some very simple ways to reduce your energy use, bills and overall carbon footprint.

1. Use Fiber Optic Decorations

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint over the holiday season is to decorate with fiber optic lights, even more so than energy-efficient light bulbs. Fiber optics only require one light source that is illuminated down the cables, drastically reducing energy needed compared to multiple bulbs each requiring current.

2. Timing Christmas Lights

A simple notion – Only turn on the lights when needed. There is no point in turning on your Christmas lights during the day but so many people do this. Some out of sheer ignorance but most due to the fact that they just forgot to turn them off from the night before. Using an inexpensive timer will allow you to ensure the lights are off during the day when the bulbs will be using unnecessary energy competing with natural light and automatically turn on the lights only during the peak evening hours when needed.

3. Use LED Christmas Lights

Costing on average only $10 a strand and consuming 90% less electricity compared to regular Christmas lights and regular incandescent bulbs, LED Christmas lights are a no brainer for the holiday season.

4. Use Candles to Light the Room

In my opinion rustic candles are more beautiful than a strand of Christmas lights any day of the week. Candles are a great way to light up a room during the holiday season and have the added bonus of emitting heat to help keep the furnace use down. Negligible some might say, but I say every little bit helps and in my small 580 square foot loft it makes an undeniable difference in temperature. If you really want to push the envelope you can be sure to recycle the wax from the candles!

5. Turn the Tree On, Turn the Lights Off

If your beautifully decorated tree that spent that whole afternoon on is lit up is there really any need to have the lights on? No. Not only will you be saving the energy use from unnecessary lights on but you will be enhancing the Christmas atmosphere.

6. Turn Down the Thermostat

With all those candles burning you can surely turn down the thermostat, especially once all your family and friend arrive and share their natural body heat!

7. Eco-Friendly Energy-free Gifts

Did you know that 40% of all battery purchases are made during the holiday season? Take this into consideration when you are doing your Christmas shopping this year. Buy energy-free gifts that don’t require power or gifts that make use of renewable sources such as solar. At the very least, if you can’t avoid a gift that requires batteries be absolutely sure to include rechargeable batteries.

kikkerland automobile nail clipper

We think this is the best use of design that we’ve seen in awhile. Fun AND practical, the Kikkerland Automobile Nail Clipper has an adjustable taper control and get this, an “Electro magnetic motor for increased power and cutting”. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m sure it works really well. This stainless steel Automobile Nail Clipper is part of the Accessories Collection by Kikkerland.

Alessi Love Small Bowl

alessi love small bowl

Alessi is known for making exquisite products and they do it again with the Alessi Love Small Bowl. The name of this bowl is very fitting as the bowl will be adored by all. The Alessi Love Small Bowl is available in three vibrant colors – blue, fuchsia, and orange. Made of plexiglas and stainless steel this bowl in virtually indestructible and will allow you to enjoy its many uses for years to come. Perfect for entertaining, the Alessi Love Small Bowl is sure to be a hit.

southern belle rouge box in red

The Southern Belle Rouge Box in Red is a beautiful storage item that would look great just about anywhere you want to put it. A great accent piece to a room, this Southern Belle Rouge Box in Red also will help you organize your things and keep your room looking tidy and inviting. Perfect for storing personal items like jewelry or makeup, the Southern Belle Rouge Box in Red is hand-painted and features a gorgeous arrangement of flowers on the top. The Southern Belle Box would make a perfect gift, so what are you waiting for?

Muse of Strength Candle Holder

muse of strength candle holder

Exuding feelings of strength and hopefulness, the Muse of Strength Candle Holder combines beauty and function in a contemporary way. Beautifully polished in a dark brown finish, this uniquely designed candle holder is sure to fit in any modern home décor. The Muse of Strength Candle Holder features a feminine and soft shape and would make a perfect gift for any occasion.

Trend Lab Apron

trend lab apron

100% cotton makes this cute trendy apron comfortable to wear and easy to wash. The chic Versailles print will satisfy anyone looking for fashionable kitchen accessories. This cute little apron set is available in adult and children sizes, has 2 pockets and ties at neck and waist. This Trend Lab Apron will make a great kitchen apron for mom!

Pinhole Camera Solargraphy Kit

pinhole camera solargraphy kit

Not just for kids, the Make-It-Yourself Pinhole Camera Solargraphy kit assembles in no time. The camera uses 35mm film, preferably ISO200. Pinhole cameras do not have optical lenses and therefore the film is exposed by light through a tiny hole in front of camera. Because there is no lens, the image will be in focus at all distances. The best pinhole pictures are taken on a bright day. Anyone with a keen eye and experimental attitude will love this!

Silver Airplane Stationery Set

silver airplane stationery set

This would make a cute, simple gift maybe for the men on your list, or for a gift exchange. This plane is a multi-functioning, unique desk ornament – paperclip, ballpoint pen and ruler. The propellers rotate when airplane moves!

Designer Snowflake Ornament

designer snowflake ornament

The Christian Ulbricht line of wooden Christmas ornaments offers something for everyone. This designer Snowflake Ornament is carefully painted and with great detail. If you are looking for the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas tree look no further than these wonderful wooden Snowflake Ornaments. Another good idea is to attach these to gifts under the tree as a sparkly addition.

Snowman Salt and Pepper Shakers

snowman salt and pepper shakers

A short time ago, I came across this friendly range of porcelain accessories called “Snowman”. Following the success of the Snowman Salt and Pepper Shakers, a small milk jug, pots with lids for sugar or jam, small flat dishes, breakfast plates with matching cups, muesli bowls, egg cups, oil and vinegar bottles and a solitary vase, a whole new group of snow figures has been born. Would be a lovely addition to a holiday breakfast setting.