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Green Your Holiday Celebrations This Season

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Despite the unusually high temperatures, holiday season is upon us. Instead of being bogged down by the “buy, buy, buy,” we’re offering suggestions to help green your holidays.

Here are tips on creating your own gifts and reducing waste.

Gifts: ‘Tis the season for spending. But you can still give amazing gifts without draining your bank account. Consider donating to a non-profit organization on behalf of a loved one, upcycle items into trendy new gifts, or make your own lotions or soaps. From “Do It Yourself” green gifts to sustainable wrapping, our Green Holiday Pinterest board has suggestions to help create a more sustainable holiday season.

Another idea, create a SoKind Registry, which allows you to ask for secondhand, gently used and handmade items, you can even request something as simple as a helping hand. SoKind has a fun tagline to keep in mind this holiday season – “More fun, less stuff!”

When you do head out to the stores, make a point of supporting local businesses. When you shop local, more of your dollars stay in the community. Local First Utah has a wonderful directory of Utah businesses on their website. Check out our list of Salt Lake City e2 businesses and consider supporting both a local AND green business!

Holiday Meals: The principles are evergreen, so check out our “recycled” Five Quick Tips for A Greener Thanksgiving blog post and our Green Thanksgiving Pinterest board to green your holiday meals.

Additionally, our Green Holiday Pinterest board has pins for minimizing the use of meat in recipes — vegetarian dishes have a lower environmental impact. And buy local! Pick up your local fresh vegetables from the Winter Farmer’s Market on December 20th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Setting Your Table: Resist the urge to purchase single-use table settings. After their one use, they go right to the landfill where they take years to degrade (if they ever!) If you’re hosting, ask your guests to pitch in to help wash dishes. If you’re headed to a celebration away from your home, pack up some silverware, plates, and cups (or a water bottle) and bring them along. The extra ten seconds it takes to pack up your own dishes saves landfill space and energy.

Shift Your Spending This Holiday Season

The official holiday shopping season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving with a day known as Black Friday. Practically everyone knows that.

But have you heard about Small Business Saturday? This shopping holiday is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages shoppers to visit their local brick and motor businesses.

Local First Utah’s Shift Your Spending Week kicks off on Friday, November 29th with a similar goal. They suggest setting a goal to shift 10% of your spending this holiday season towards locally owned businesses.

According to them, if we all shift just 10% of our spending to local businesses, on a yearly basis, $1.3 million will stay in the Utah economy.

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Salt Lake City’s e2 businesses are local businesses that have made a commitment to reduce their environmental impact.

Be sure to stop by Earth Goods General Store, Liberty Heights Fresh, Cali’s Natural Foods, Artistic Framing Company, C.G. Sparks, Retro Rose, The King’s English Bookshop, Golden Braid Books, Landis Lifestyle Salon, Matrix Spa, Sacred Mountain Healing Center, Cactus and Tropicals, Especially for You and Huddart Floral Company this holiday season.

Local First Utah’s Top Ten Ideas to Shift Your Spending this Holiday Season

  1. Support local artists! Check out local galleries or pottery studios for unique, handmade gifts.
  2. Spend a day in a neighborhood business district. Stroll through your nearest cluster of locally-owned businesses. In Salt Lake City, check out OnlyInSaltLakeCity.com for detailed neighborhood descriptions.
  3. Give the gift of fine dining! Many locally owned restaurants provide gift certificates which can be used year round.
  4. Shop locally, online. Many local retailers and manufacturers also have a convenient online option. There is no need to send the money to an out-of-state megalith.ShiftYourSpendingLogo
  5. Browse and buy at a your local bookstore.
  6. Give an educational adventure. Buy memberships to local museums, gardens, zoos or aviaries.
  7. Make a gift basket filled with Utah’s Own products.
  8. Give the gift of experience: buy certificates to a locally owned spa, yoga studio or cooking school.
  9. Donate to a local non-profit on behalf of a like-minded friend.
  10. Winter markets abound throughout the state allowing craftspeople and artisans to sell their hand-crafted goods directly to the public. Pick up a one of a kind gift at a market near you!