12 Green Days of Christmas

The season of parties and puddings is here! Get ready for Christmas cheer. Leave your worries behind and celebrate. But while you’re at it, do a little something for the planet. Why? Because the city churns out maximum trash and harmful emissions between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And that’s just one of the reasons. To help you have an eco-friendly holiday, we’ve altered your favourite Christmas song. Sing along…

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
A real Christmas tree!

“There’s no way to recycle artificial firs; many of them are made with polyvinyl chloride which disperses harmful toxins into the air. Others are petroleum-based and non-biodegradable. So pick real, potted fir trees that can you can plant again. They also help combat CO2 emissions. They may be available at local farms in your city. Contact Chabootra Farms in Deonar, Mumbai – 25583959″

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Travelling this season? Opt for ecotourism…It means responsible tourism to areas that are close to nature. Many nations have ecotourism societies that help protect the environment. In India, you can experience ecological tourism at Kerala, Coorg, Munnar, Ladakh and the Himalayas amongst others.”

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Holiday season means a lot of wasted food. Make sure the extra food is cooled before you put it away in the refrigerator – these small and simple steps also help conserve energy.”

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Cotton bags are a good way to avoid the trouble of wrapping gifts; they look great. They are usable and help cutting down on waste. Gift in a cotton bag, you’ll be saving paper and therefore trees.”

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“…and if you insist on wrapping paper instead of bags, opt for handmade wrapping paper. It is usually made out of recycled paper in vegetable inks, and is easily available in chic shades and textures.”

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Americans send out 2 billion greeting cards every year – which means slashing thousands of trees. This holiday trend is catching on in India as well. Sending personalized handmade greetings is an eco-friendly (and a thoughtful) gesture. E-greetings are also a great alternative.”

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“In most Indian cities winters are cool enough to switch off the AC. Save your electricity bill and save the planet.”

On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Eight fruity baskets, seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

Fruit is one of the simplest and cleverest ideas for eco-friendly decoration. Adorn your table with hard fruits like apple, pear, pomegranate or take tips from Halloween pumpkin heads! They’re better than thermocol and plastic decoration.”

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Nine eco-tables, eight fruity baskets, seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Eco-friendly home decor is a great gifting option; mother nature will agree! Fabindia sells handcrafted eco-friendly apparels. Also check out EcoIndia.”

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Ten local goodies, nine eco-tables, eight fruity baskets, seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Gandhi didn’t promote khadi for nothing! Buying local products for gifting means that you’re discouraging fuel consumption used for shipping foreign products. So go desi. Central Cottage Industries Emporium in Colaba and Cottage Craft Emporium sell cool ethnic products manufactured in India.”

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Eleven sugar cookies, ten local goodies, nine eco-tables, eight fruity baskets, seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Tacky plastic and paper decoration is not good for your Christmas tree, nor for the planet. Innovate! The Germans use shortbread to adorn their trees. You can use cookies or candies covered with colourful foil, or traditional red and white candy cane.”

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
Twelve LED twinkies, eleven sugar cookies, ten local goodies, nine eco-tables, eight fruity baskets, seven cosy sweaters, six handmade greetings, five handmade wrappers, four cotton baggies, three roasted turkeys, two tickets to Chile, and a real Christmas tree!

“Skip those conventional Christmas lights and opt for LEDs (light-emitting diodes). These are 90% more efficient and last up to 100,000 hours or twenty years, very good for the health of the planet.”

For more green ideas, check out this article.

Have a Merry Green Christmas!



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  1. The artificial trees are not meant to be thrown away after Christmas. They’re meant to be stored away until the next year. The potted real ones are the best though.

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