Even though there might be snow where you live, you can still have a green Christmas. How? By using eco-friendly and environmentally safe products as you prepare for holiday celebrations!
Between the cleaning products as we get ready for guests to come over and the waste created by unwrapped gifts, the holidays can take a toll on the environment. But, it doesn't have to be this way! When we make conscious choices to use greener, more natural, and more sustainable products, we lessen the negative effect that our holiday season has on the planet.
At Darn Good Yarn, we take measures to reduce our carbon footprint in our business practices. We want to help you reduce your carbon footprint as well so that we can care for the environment together!
Here are some eco-friendly products that you can use to prepare your home for the holidays!
One big part of the holiday season is, of course, getting together to celebrate with relatives and friends! However, when the party or dinner is at your house, this is often proceeded by a great deal of household cleaning. Because many household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful the environment and to you, we suggest using all-natural household cleaners that you can make yourself at home!
A large variety of natural cleaning products can be made right at home. For instance, a tile surface cleaner can be made by combing white vinegar with lavender oil. You can create your own oven cleaner using white vinegar, baking soda, and coarse salt. You can even make dusting spray at home with olive oil, white vinegar, lavender oil, and lemongrass oil! We encourage you to research even more recipes for natural cleaners!
When we say recycled wrapping paper, we're not talking about carefully and slowly peeling open your gifts so that the gift wrap can be used next year. We're talking about re-purposing paper products that you probably already have in your home as gift wrap! Items from used newspapers and magazines to that brown paper that sometimes comes included as packing in mailed parcels can be decorated and used to wrap gifts!
Reusing paper items to wrap gifts not only cuts down on waste, but also, in most cases, ensures that the gift wrap you're using is biodegradable. Use ink, paint, dye, stickers, or even coffee (for an aged look) to color and decorate plain newspaper or packing paper to create beautiful holiday gift wrap!
Another way to decorate gifts an an eco-friendly fashion is to use recycled and reusable ribbon to tie bows around them! Our recycled sari silk ribbon yarn is perfect for this endeavor!
Simply cut any length of this ribbon and tie it onto w wrapped gift in a bow or design. after this ribbon has been untied by the gift recipient, it can be svaed and used for next year's gifts or for another purpose!
For ideas about how to make gift toppers with all of our recycled yarns, click here!
Made with soy wax, a cotton wick, and all natural oils, Weird Beard Candles are free of environmentally harmful ingredients! If you want something that will make your home smell inviting and create a cozy ambiance, these candles are perfect for the job! Lighting one of these environmentally friendly candles is a great alternative to chemical freshening sprays and wall plug-ins.
For cheerful and classy scent, check out Darn Good Yarn's exclusive Wine Time candle!
Now you might be thinking, "How in the world is lotion going to help me prepare my home for the holidays?". Well, we're not only here to help you prepare, but also to help you take care of yourself while you do so!
For many, wintertime means cracked and dry skin, especially on our hands, which are constantly exposed to changing temperatures, This all-natural goat milk lotion will keep your skin healthy and moisturized as you work on meals, cleaning, and gift wrapping all season long! Each of these lotions is made from beeswax, shea butter, goat milk powder, phenonip, and essential oils!
Another way that you can take care of yourself during holiday prep is to make sure that you're warm and comfortable. After you're done cleaning the house, let yourself relax! Throw on a pair of our incredibly warm fleece lined wool socks and take a seat by the fire with some tea!
These socks are made out of natural sheep's wool and will keep your feet cozy from Thanksgiving, to Hanukkah, to Christmas, to Valentine's Day! (Perhaps it would suffice to say "all winter long").
We hope that you're holiday season is filled with good will towards mankind and good will towards the environment, too! Follow our earth friendly tips for a holiday season full of happiness and long-lasting well-being for your family and our planet!