Deck the Halls Sustainably: Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

The holiday season is upon us, bringing joy, laughter, and the spirit of giving. This year, why not make your celebrations even more special by incorporating eco-friendly practices into your holiday traditions? From decking the halls to exchanging gifts and hosting festive gatherings, here are some tips to help you celebrate in an environmentally conscious way.

Plan for success:

  1. Be prepared: Planning helps to reduce panic buying and unnecessary packaging. Make lists to reduce impulse buys and bring a reusable bag with you to reduce paper and plastic. Resist the urge to shop while you wait in the long cashier lines, those shelves are filled with impulse buys that you probably don’t need!


Decking the Halls:

  1. Nature’s Decor: Alberta’s landscapes offer a wealth of inspiration for sustainable decorations so embrace the beauty of nature by using sustainable decorations. Gather pinecones, twigs, and evergreen branches for a natural, local touch. After the festivities, these items can be composted or returned to nature.
  2. Energy-Efficient Lighting: Switch to LED lights for your holiday decorations. They last longer, use less energy, and are a more sustainable choice than traditional incandescent lights.
  3. Eco-Friendly Tree Options: If you love having a Christmas tree, consider purchasing a potted tree that can be planted in your yard after the holidays. Alternatively, explore local tree rental services or choose an artificial tree made from recycled materials.
  4. Reusable Advent Calendars: Instead of disposable advent calendars, invest in reusable ones that can be filled with your favourite treats year after year. This reduces waste and adds a personal touch to your holiday countdown.
  5. Recycled Radiance: Consider using decorations made from recycled materials. From ornaments crafted from reclaimed wood to recycled glass baubles, these eco-friendly choices add a touch of creativity and consciousness to your festive décor.
  6. Waste-Free Wreaths: Create timeless wreaths using reusable materials or invest in artificial wreaths made from recycled components. By opting for long-lasting options, you contribute to waste reduction.



  1. Local Treasures: Alberta is brimming with talented artisans and businesses. Choose gifts crafted by local hands, supporting your community, and reducing the carbon footprint associated with shipping.
  2. Thoughtful and Sustainable Gifts: Choose gifts with a focus on sustainability. Consider items made from recycled materials, giving experiences rather than physical items, subscriptions, online courses, or providing the gift of your time.
  3. Eco-Friendly Wrapping: Wrap your gifts in reusable materials like fabric, scarves, or even old maps. Get creative with your wrapping to make it as special as the gift inside.
  4. DIY Personalized Gifts: Put your creative skills to use and craft personalized gifts. Whether it’s handmade ornaments, baked goods, or a photo album, DIY gifts add a personal touch while reducing your environmental impact.


Hosting Eco-Friendly Gatherings:

  1. Reusable Tableware: Invest in reusable plates, cutlery, and glasses to reduce the amount of disposable items used during holiday gatherings. If you’re expecting a large crowd, consider renting tableware, borrowing from a friend, or using biodegradable options.
  2. Mindful Menu Planning: Reduce food waste by planning your menu carefully and storing leftovers in reusable containers. Encourage guests to bring reusable containers for leftovers, reducing waste.
  3. Zero-Waste Decorations: If you enjoy creating a festive atmosphere, consider making your own decorations using items that can be reused year after year. This not only adds a personal touch but also reduces waste.
  4. Encourage Sustainable Practices: Share your eco-friendly initiatives with your guests and encourage them to join in. Provide recycling and compost bins to make it easy for everyone to dispose of waste responsibly.



  1. A healthy home: As the temperatures drop, we typically spend more time indoors, so get rid of the unnecessary toxins in your home. The old paint that’s been sitting around can be recycled and the various cleaners that have outlived their usefulness can be safely disposed of. These items can be brought to various collection sites around the province.
  2. Recycle those old lights: Recycle those old holiday string lights.
  3. Old electronics are still useful: Don’t let them take up space, your old electronics can be recycled and turned into new products.
  4. Bottles & cans: Collect the empty beverage containers and take them to your local bottle depotfor recycling. It keeps the items out of the landfill and puts some cash back in your pocket!



  1. Rubber meets the road: Check your tires for wear and make sure that they are inflated to the right pressure for safety and better mileage. If you are travelling long distances, consider switching to winter tires for extra traction and improved stopping distances. Your old tires will also be recycled.
  2. Maintaining your ride: Alberta can have extreme weather variations so make sure your vehicle is ready for travel so that you and your loved ones can get there safely. Also, a well-maintained vehicle will have fewer emissions and save on gas. Check your fluid levels and do scheduled maintenance. The old oil and oil filters will also be recycled.


This holiday season let’s celebrate in a way that not only brings joy to our loved ones but also contributes to a healthier environment. ARMA wishes you a joyous and sustainable season, filled with the warmth of shared moments.

Green Christmas