A Sustainable Christmas

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A Sustainable Christmas (Week #50)


In the 2012 – 52 Week Sustainable Practices Challenge, my blog entry about a “TerraBlu Christmas” reflected on the coming holiday and its consumptive waste stream nature. In it I suggested some sustainable products and practices you and your family could integrate into your lifestyles. It was a great blog entry and those suggestions and links are still good today.

This year, I want to reinvent the holiday, yet again. I’ve tried to raise sustainable consciousness with decades of experiments on my family and friends. I subjected them to all kinds of practicing the six R’s of sustainability (Rethink, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Reduce and Repurpose). Giving charitable gifts in the name of the person I’m gifting, wrapping my gifts in reusable textile wrappings I made from recycled fabrics, gifting green consumer goods, green services, gift certificates, repurposed furniture (with eco-friendly paint), gift certificates or memberships to nature preserves, watersheds or land trusts, etc. Well you get the idea.

Last year I gave the bounty of an organic garden that my daughter and I lovingly nurtured. We had an amazing and sometimes hilarious experience canning and preserving our much loved garlic dill pickles, our Asian Eggplant Camponata and many varieties of tomatoes. We had so many lovely herbs that we experimented that year with infused vinegars, oils, several chutneys and of course, our blackberry framboise.

Those experiences of gardening, laughing, canning and cooking trump the increasing addiction of “digital relation shipping”. We asked all guests to park their smart devices on our digital hat rack before entering!

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I think many have forgotten that giving our love and time are the most valuable gifts of all. 

This year we are going to give homemade hard cider, our sumptuous organic gifts from the garden, including infused oils and vinegar and, for the first time, our “Kindness” coupons. That’s right, acts of kindness coupons. We are recycling Christmas cards into postcards with a customized service for the person to redeem at a later time. It could be babysitting their children so your favorite couple can go out one night, shoveling the walkway of a dear less able relative, bringing a meal to someone who is sick, or offering to volunteer for a day at their favorite charitable organization.

Think of it as a Pay it Forward Coupon to help the greater human consciousness vibrate at a more radiant level!

This week I want you to think about reinventing your holiday experience by incorporating a sustainable practice of your own. Start a family tradition. Or make the tradition of giving a new theme each year; one that fosters kindness and generosity that can be practiced all year.

Be creative and make a sustainable statement to the world. Like NIKE, just do it. Don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution about it, just do it. And make it fun, please!

Send us your ideas and how they worked in the comments section. Make Merry!

The Deep Dive:

How to Choose a Living Christmas Tree

A modern sustainable Christmas tree, the Tannenboing Only 100 were made in 2012. This link is for their FB page where you can connect with collector’s who may be willing to sell.

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TechChrunch’s article on Digital Hat Racks

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