How to Support the Environment This Holiday Season
Blink and you’ll miss the fall weather. The leaves turning red and gold before they fall off the trees, the cooler temps and the darker mornings.
Fall is a special time and the opener for the holiday season.
As the holidays approach, we all shift our mindsets. Holiday travel, gift-giving, and looking ahead to the next year become forefront in our minds. As the days get shorter it may seem like the opportunities for supporting the great outdoors are shrinking.
But banish those thoughts!
The fall and winter season is a wonderful chance to experience nature in a new way and a chance to give back to the environment we all love.
Giving Back Through Action
As the cooler weather settles in the opportunities to support the environment change. Maybe you’re spending less time hiking or surfing, but
-Ride your bike.
Leave your car at home at least one day a week and try biking to work. Cooler weather means you won’t arrive a sweaty mess. Biking is a zero-emission way of travel and is very environmentally friendly.
It’s also a great chance to have some alone time, get in some exercise, and take in the changing fall foliage.
Half of America’s produce gets thrown away each year. That’s 60 million tons of food that sit in landfills or in the very fields it grew in. Composting is a way to prevent food from ending up in the trash. You can start a compost pile in your backyard, or in a small trash can or bucket on your front porch. Here are some tips to get you started.
Eating out is delicious and convenient, but it can have a negative impact on the environment. Most restaurants or to-go places use a lot of packaging made from styrofoam or plastic, which can end up in landfills or the ocean. Cooking at home can eliminate some of that waste and save you money.
Giving Back Through Gift Giving
It's easy to take care of the earth this holiday season when it comes to gift giving. Of course, you can make a donation to your favorite environmental charity. Nonprofits always appreciate a cash influx.
You can also give the gift of an environmentally friendly experience. The National Parks Service offers trips and a variety of volunteer opportunities for families or individuals to work in the parks. Sign up to volunteer with your family or friends to give back.
The holiday season is also a good chance to support businesses that support the environment. GoApe is dedicated to environmental preservation and has created programs that focus on water and river clean up as well as part stewardship.
Weave support for the environment into your lifestyle and your holiday season. Tie together your love for your family and your love for the environment with these tips.
Kara Perez is a freelance writer and founder of Bravely, a financial literacy company for women. She lives in Austin, TX and loves hiking, peanut butter and New Girl.