More than ever, people are building homes in Austin to be environmentally friendly. These homeowners obviously care about the environment, and many of them want to make sure that the other choices they make are eco-friendly as well. If you are one of these people, and would like to know how to have a greener holiday season, we have a few suggestions.
- Make it yourself! Many things that we buy without thinking can be created at home, and doing so will make a big impact on your loved ones without making a big impact on the environment.
- Why use commercial wrapping paper that is not recyclable? Use your imagination when wrapping gifts and you will come up with something unique as well as ecologically smart. Wrap a gift in a useful cloth item, like a scarf, bandanna, or kitchen towel, or use reusable grocery bags as gift bags! Alternatively, wrap presents in old maps, comics from the newspaper, or children’s artwork.
- Many decorations can also be made at home using natural materials. Make garlands and other decorative accents from cranberries, popcorn, fruits and nuts, which can be eaten, fed to the birds, or composted after the season is over. Menorahs can be made from almost anything, including flowerpots! Old ornaments can be touched up with non-toxic paint, for more years of use.
- Make sure your tree is green. Artificial trees can be considered green, because they are reused every year. However, many older trees are made of PVC, which is linked to environmental pollution. If you are going vintage, go for aluminum. If you prefer a natural tree, consider one that is still alive, in a pot. If you do choose a cut tree, look for one from an organic farm that does not use harmful chemicals to control pests, and be sure to recycle it after the season is over. Christmas trees can be turned into wood chips or mulch for your garden full of native Texas plants.
- Light your holidays with energy saving bulbs. LED lights use 90 percent less energy than conventional lights. Many retailers will accept your old lights for recycling when you buy LED lights.
- Shop locally. From gifts to menu items, things that originate locally put less of a burden on the environment. When you support local farmers who grow sustainable meat and produce, you can feel better about the impact your holiday meal has on your community.
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Austin is a creative city, full of people who care about the affect they have on the world around them. If you are looking for a company that cares as well, look at Clark Wilson Builders. A top builder of homes in Austin with over thirty-five years of experience, Clark Wilson is proud to over innovative home designs that not only have curb appeal, but are also energy efficient. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or a retiree looking to move into your fantasy home, the process starts with filling out our contact form. You can also call us at 512-423-6262 for answers to all your questions. Stay up-to-date on the Austin, Texas building industry by reading our blog, finding us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.