Happy ECO Holidays!
If there’s anything the pandemic has taught me it’s that I have too much stuff. Not a day goes by that I don’t look around my house and notice how many spaces are in need a decluttering session. The drive to simplify started when I listened to the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
That, followed by nine months of at home confinement, looking — every, every day, looking — at all the things we have accumulated over the years, and I decided it was time to get serious. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, a house will not be decluttered in one either, especially after the decades it took to get that way. Kondo gives you great tips for this task, and while I found it a little on the fanatical side, she is the clean up master.
So what do do with Christmas approaching and the possibility of more stuff being stuffed into my house? We decided to only buy things we were going to use, consume or wear with frequency, i.e, no more saving the decorative holiday candles from year to year until they melt from the summer heat; we’re using all that stuff now or never!
Switching to sustainable living shouldn’t be tough since it’s really only about changing habits. There are many ways you can improve upon your carbon footprint from renting a Christmas tree (I know, right?! Way to turn Christmas on its head!), to using recycled packaging, reducing food waste, shopping locally, making handmade gifts, drinking organic wine, and reusing everything that comes into your home at least once.
There are a million more ways, I’m sure, and with just a little forethought to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you can minimize the footprint your holiday celebrations have on the depleting ozone, the rising carbon threat, and the felling of another pine tree. (True confession — we went to a tree farm yesterday and bought a lovely little Christmas tree, but I’m feeling okay about it because I planted six baby pines in our yard in the last week to make up for it.)
My sister and her husband started a business this summer — yes, 202 in the middle of a pandemic was a tough time to start a business — focusing on Upcycling and reuse by taking wood and other materials that no longer serve a purpose and giving them new life and meaning.
These propagation stations were originally created to support the plants that were going to be incorporated into their living wall, an aquaponics and artsy marvel that mimics the lifecycle. The system uses a unique hydration system to pump the water and fish poop in the aquarium up to the top of the wall where it gently and slowly cascades down behind the backer, watering the roots of the plant. It adds so much life and joy to their living room that they can no longer imagine a living room without it.
All of their designs are a delightful mix of whimsy and practicality and best of all, they are made from recycled materials.
If you need a Christmas gift that is beautiful, sustainable, and useful, check out their Etsy site. And as with everything, shop responsibly and sustainably.
pam lazos 12.6.20