Five ways to have an eco-friendly, sexy and tree-loving Christmas

28 11 2007

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Ah, Christmas: it’s the perfect season to be merry, bright and green. But it’s not always easy telling your rosy-cheeked in-laws or your office colleagues, their hands brimming with glossy, yet unsustainable, paper-wrapped gifts, on why you opted to give them local wine wrapped in a burlap sack (“oh, but it’s chic and reusable”).

Truth is, outside of our delightful treehugger entourage, some of our loved ones still nod, smile and think sustainability (and tree-loving) equals sacrifice. Not this year, we say. This time, we pledge to have our less green counterparts join us in an eco-friendly, sexy and tree-loving Christmas. It all begins with gifts you can’t unwrap:

1. We love Webware’s awesome guide to a ribbon and paper free Christmas. Why not give the gift of a junk-mail free year? Or this one:

“If you prefer e-greetings to paper cards, one dollar buys your friend a MokuGift animated e-card of a furry creature planting a tree. Meanwhile, the donation supports the planting of a real-world tree through Sustainable Harvest (also see Tree Nation).”

2. Pondering Pastor gave us the idea of giving the gift of a catalogue-free year via Catalogue Choice. Why not sign up an unsuspecting closet treehugger this year? Once he or she finds out that over eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper catalogs, they may just jump aboard your green wagon and say “yes” to your request for a kiss under the mistletoe.

3. With an artificial tree as gorgeous as this one brought to our attention by Jeff Nolan of Venture Chronicles, why go for a natural Christmas tree? Nolan points out that the environmental impact of natural trees is both environmentally taxing and uneconomical.

Tip: To impress your politically savvy brother-in-law, chat about the Christmas tree industry’s foray into greenwashing as per Moonbattery at this year’s family dinner.

4. Why not use beautiful fabric instead of paper to wrap your gifts, Japanese style? You see, we were onto something with our 100-mile wine and burlap sack. It’s just that Sew Green has an even more fabulous idea.

5. This Christmas, don’t apologize for re-using those beautiful bows Aunt Gertrude always ties onto her Tiffany gifts. Be the first to “de-ghettoize” the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. Some of the sexiest yet unsuspecting treehuggers are those putting their money and time where their mouth is.

For more tips on greening your Christmas, check out EnviroZine and Lindsey’s Just Enjoy the Journey article on “Have yourself a Merry (green!) Christmas”.

Green Printer has a cool way for you to take a stand on your environmental commitments this Christmas season at the office: the Eco-Calculator. Save trees, time and money the eco-chic way with our recycled paper and sustainable printing methods. We use science-backed sources to calculate your organization’s environmental impact with each paper quote and we can print how many trees you save on the back of all your paper products – more details at Now, wasn’t that easy?



3 responses to “Five ways to have an eco-friendly, sexy and tree-loving Christmas”

28 11 2007
Fully (12:57:21) :

There appears to be some debate over the greenness of real vs. fake christmas trees:

20 01 2008
Rich (07:57:25) :

This is something I just wanted to share with as many people as possible. One easy and sensible way to save money is to use remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. The savings are substantial and if you print you will need to purchase replacement ink for your copier, printer and/or fax. On top of that the benefits are also environmental, see the below:
I came across information through a business customer and looked further into it. Here is what I found,
“Over 700 million cartridges were thrown away world-wide in 2003 – and since more and more people use inkjet cartridges this amount will continue to grow year after year.
Empty cartridges contain residual toner powder, ink, a plastic casing, aluminum and other parts. These parts are all non-biodegradable and they will take more than 1000 years to decompose in landfill sites.
The remanufacturing of cartridges as an alternative to producing new ones currently reduces world demand of oil by 300,000 barrels and saves 17,000 tons of aluminum as well as 10,000,000 tons of timber. Besides helping to reduce carbon emissions, a major cause of global warming, it conserves resources and reduces waste.
1.5 pints of crude oil are needed to produce one cartridge. In the last 6 months alone inkjet cartridge recycling has saved more than 50 million liters of oil, more than the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.”
Wow, so my whole point is this client remanufacturers ink and toner cartridges and considering the above information it only makes common sense to buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. You save money, get a higher yield (more prints) and save money.

27 02 2008
Dave (09:04:30) :

I’d have to agree with getting a fresh Christmas tree; it doesn’t release that PVC and it’s biodegradable.

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