It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season is rolling around, and you know what that means: lots of cooking, cleaning, and eating. Although our traditional holiday plans may look a little different this year, we hope your celebrations are meaningful nonetheless, and Fawn Organics is here to help you make your holiday season a little more sustainable!
Though this time of year is a time for celebration and cheer, it also means, as a country, we create 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s—dramatically more than any other time of the year. This spike in waste sends 25 million extra tons of trash to our landfills and, unfortunately, to litter our planet.
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to think about what and who we are thankful for. This year, show your gratitude to Mother Earth by incorporating these 5 easy steps to more sustainable holiday dinners!
BYOB—Bring Your Own Bag
On average, every American household uses nearly 1,500 plastic shopping bags every single year, which adds up to 100 billion plastic bags our country consumes annually. Only 1% of these plastic bags are ever recycled, the other 99% left to slowly break down for centuries, leach chemicals, and interfere with marine wildlife. This year, say thank you to the Earth by ditching the plastic grocery bags. Instead, when you do your holiday shopping, bring a reusable bag to tote your groceries home. Reusable bags are more affordable, durable, and reliable than flimsy plastic bags. Reusable bags also make great party favors! Your guests can then easily haul any leftovers and glass dishes home. In the end, reusable shopping bags save the planet and save you more money. Check out Fawn Organics fun and stylish reusable YaYbags for your holiday shopping this year—going green never looked so good!
Introduce your Guests to Sustainable Sipping
Who says happy hour can’t be eco-friendly and stylish? Stir up some delicious eco-conscious cocktails with reusable straws! It’s estimated that over 500 million plastic straws are used daily in America, and most of those straws end up in the ocean, polluting the water and interfering with marine life. This holiday season, as social drinking increases, do your part to eliminate extra plastic waste by switching to reusable alternatives. From bendy silicone straws, sturdy metal straws, to beautiful glass straws, you’ll find a reusable straw that works for you! However, for a more glamorous and colorful holiday cocktail hour, we recommend our beautiful Glass SuckitUp Straws, which come in a variety of colors and shapes, to add some festive cheer to your drinks!
Set a Sustainable Table
Say goodbye to single-use utensils, plates, cups, and napkins for reusable alternatives. We know single-use utensils like plastics forks make for easy cleanups and less dishwashing cycles, but these throwaway plastics overwhelmingly contribute to the extra waste accumulated during the holiday season. Instead, opt to break out grandma’s antique china set to add some nostalgic flair to your holiday gathering. Use washable cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Mix and match any of your glassware cups for a more shabby chic style. And if you like a rustic look, pick up one of Fawn Organics reusable Coconut Bowl Sets to infuse your dining room with warm, fall vibes.
Green Up When You Clean Up
Currently, 51,000 trees are being chopped down each day to replace all the paper towels being used and thrown away around the world, resulting in 254 million tons of paper waste each year. This timber-killing trend is an environmental mess that is majorly unsustainable for the future. This holiday season, when you’re wiping up any accidental spills, opt for reusable alternatives like our SuperScandi cloths. These washable and compostable alternatives do the job of 15 rolls of paper towels, absorbing 20 times more liquid than its weight. They can be washed up to 200 times in your dishwasher or washing machine. After using our highly absorbent SuperScandi cloths, you will never want to waste money on paper towels again!
Trim Your Waste
Inevitably, no matter how hard you plan your holiday meal, there always seems to be leftovers. Instead of scraping the excess into your trashcan, first consider repurposing your leftovers! If you still have leftovers after you and your guests pack away the food you are likely to heat up and eat again, consider repurposing any leftover scraps into a new, delicious meal! After all, you’re only one internet search away from turning your leftovers into something completely different. If you still have leftovers you can’t manage to use, simply add it to your compost pile! While meats like turkey and ham shouldn’t be thrown in, common holiday side dishes, such as bread, cranberries, potatoes, yams, veggies, fruits, and coffee grounds, can be tossed in your compost pile. In addition, uncoated paper products can also be left to biodegrade in the pile. So instead of tossing out leftovers in your trashcan, pivot your aim to your compost pile.
Saving the planet shouldn’t be a strictly seasonal activity. Rather, it should something we aim to do year round. However, this holiday season may be the perfect time for you to introduce some new sustainable habits to your everyday routine!
What eco-friendly changes are you going to make this holiday season?