Green Christmas: Tips for holiday sustainability

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Christmas is a time of cheer and giving, and there are ways you can make sure your celebrations have a cheerful environmental impact.

When you're out doing your Christmas shopping this year, you can do so in an ethical and sustainable way.

"I think it's important for everyone in the area to consider where their sourcing of materials are coming from, where your food is coming from, and the products that are being sold," said Travel Marquette Executive Director, Susan Estler.

When the gifts are all bought, take some time to think about how you're going to prepare them to go under the tree.

"Using different things like recycled paper, anything you can find that's recycled instead of going out and buying wrapping paper is definitely something that you should consider," said Kyler Phillips, outreach co-chair with NMU EcoReps.

You can also reuse bags, or even wrap gifts in a way that allows you to reuse the paper year after year.

Natural, homemade or grown decorations help limit the amount of plastics you buy, and even give your Christmas a more traditional feel.

"I think a lot of people are using artificial, but they're starting to realize that using real trees is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also helps the air quality in your home while it's in there," said Phillips.

When you sit down to Christmas dinner, doing so with locally sourced food is a sustainable, and often healthier option.

"Even if it's something like your coffee from Velodrome, they can tell you specifically where your coffee beans come from, who the person was that grew the coffee beans," said Estler.

Following these tips could also have a positive impact on the local economy.

"The impact that shopping local has on the economy has a two times multiplier on our gross domestic product, so shopping local not only helps the businesses in your community, but it also helps your local economy and in turn will benefit you," said Phillips.

For a list of locations you where you can shop sustainably in Marquette County, visit Travel Marquette’s website. For an in depth look at some of these businesses, visit the NMU EcoReps Youtube channel.

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