10 Tips for Making Your Holiday Green

Start small with simple alternatives to make the holidays more environmentally friendly with these tips that reduce consumption when consumerism is at its annual high. Find the perfect alternative to traditional Christmas trees that easily fit into small spaces, recycle your wax candles into gifts and ornaments and wrap gifts using recycled paper bags that are block painted with fun designs. Get the list of 10 handy tips:

Opt for LED Lights.  LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs.

Make Homemade Cards. Forget the gift, the message is everything and a handcrafted holiday card with a personal note will be memorable. Here’s a list of 21 ideas to get you started.

Skip Conventional Wrapping Paper. Use fabric, recycled T-shirts or scarves, newspaper, paper bags and stylish magazine pages. Wrappily offers gorgeous patterns using 100% recyclable and compostable newsprint while Waterleaf Paper Company offers everything from dissolving and zero waste wrapping to sustainable and biodegradable ribbon.

Green Holiday Tips

Create Upcycled Wreaths. Hunt for creative household items and outdoor clippings for wreaths and ornaments. Get the DIY instructions here to create a fabric wreath. Pick your color scheme, dig through old clothing and get creative.

Regift or Buy Less. Include experiences in your list of gifts. Treat someone you love to a gift card to a favorite San Mateo day spa, nail or hair salon or dine out at a local restaurant in downtown San Mateo or enjoy a Broadway Show in San Francisco. It’s easy to get from here to there when Caltrain is at your doorstep. Here’s the Hillsdale Caltrain schedule.

Consider Alternative Tree Options. Rent a local tree, purchase a re-lit twinkly twig tree or a reusable faux tree. Find more alternatives with big style here (that succulent tree is perfect for small spaces and really is a show-stopper!)

Use Socks as Stockings. Upcycle 12 pairs for a 12 socks of Christmas advent calendar or cut up your favorites and sew them together for a great, big new stocking to stuff. Speaking of socks. Did you know? One pair purchased = one pair Donated to someone in need when you buy Bombas.

Craft DIY Handmade Gifts or Purchase Eco-friendly Ones. Whether fashion friendly, entertaining guests or simply all-around eco-friendly is your focus, turn on some music and enjoy getting creative and going green this season.

Buy a Gift Card to Sustainable Brands or Essentials. Shop these sustainable fashion brands based in San Francisco or these ethical beauty brands around the Bay Area.  Support a local dog walker or pet sitter. Give a gift card to one of our retailers in Bay Meadows’ Town Square such as ROAM Artisan Burgers, Bamboo Asia, Blue Bottle Slices or Fieldwork Brewing Company San Mateo.

Shop Small, Shop Local. Support small-scale producers for foods that use organic farming and sustainable measures. Try Bay Area artisans on Etsy, a maker’s market like Fog City Flea, or your local farmers market!

Discover the world outside your door. A sophisticated centerpiece in San Mateo’s Bay Meadows, The Morgan celebrates the essence of iconic California living. The perfect balance of live, work and play, it’s a great spot for an active life to adventure all over the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly retreat home any day of the week.

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