The holidays are just around the corner, and that means people are out and about, shopping for their friends and family. Now, this is a good time to score some great deals on products, but at what cost? Thorugh the holiday commotion, is it possible to be sustainable for the holidays?
It’s estimated that about 164 million people will be shopping between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. That’s a lot of people producing pollution for shopping. Everybody likes to save money, but let’s be real. How much of the stuff you buy, do you use throughout the year? Do you just buy it because it was on sale, but then never use it?
These are all common problems, but don’t worry. I have some great tips to share with you on how to make this holiday season more sustainable while still making everyone in your life happy.
Shop Small and Local
One of the best reasons to shop small and local is that each purchase that business receives may make the difference between food on the table for them. You can make a significant and positive impact on their lives. It’s also sustainable!
Shopping small and local means that emissions that come from shipping are significantly decreased. If you choose to walk around to these local businesses, even better.
As long as the weather is nice, choosing to walk will also cut down on car emissions polluting the air. Now you can buy products you want while helping the environment. I’d say that’s a win-win for the sustainable holidays.
Say No to Fast Shipping
We live in a world now that prioritizes immediate gratification, but it’s not necessary. I know it seems nice to order a product online and have it show up at your door the next day. However, fast shipping isn’t good for the environment.
When you click that next-day shipping option, is that the delivery companies have to make extra trips to ensure you get your package on time. That means they’re leaving the warehouse with fewer packages, just to drop off yours. This then leads to more emissions polluting our planet. Even though we all like getting our things fast, in order to make the holidays sustainable, choose patience, and wait for you gifts.
Give Experiences Not Products
It’s nice to get material possessions, but how many fond memories do you have with those? Wouldn’t you rather go for an option that will give you a lifetime of memories to share? Material possessions fade away, and you lose interest in them over time. Opt for a gift that’ll make them remember the occasion for years to come.
For this holiday season, give the gift of experiences. Do you have a family member who has always wanted to learn how to cook? What about learning how to make pottery? Learn how to throw an ax? These are all wholesome and sustainable gifts to give. They tell the person receiving them that you pay attention to their interests, and what they want to learn. It shows you care. What could possibly be a better gift than that?
Support Sustainable Brands
There are so many different sustainable brands to fit your needs. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, skincare products, or products for the house, you can find a sustainable company that sells them.
One of the great benefits of shopping through sustainable brands is that they do everything in their power to make the shipping process as sustainable as possible. That means no plastics! All packages are either biodegradable or made from recycled materials.
Choose Sustainability and Still Get the Products You want
Do you have any tips on how to make the holidays more sustainable? Share them with us by tagging @uylmagazine on social media. We’d love to hear how you are being sustainable while shopping for the goodies you want.
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