From food waste to non-recyclable wrapping paper, it’s no secret the holiday season can be one that negatively impacts the environment. But what’s less known are the simple hacks to change that! Read on to find out how you can enjoy the festivities while still protecting Mother Nature.
Here’s how to make a difference:
Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is a critical problem during the holidays but thankfully there are many simple steps you can take to combat this. We recommend making a list of each dish and the ingredients you’ll need for it before going shopping—and sticking to it! It can also be helpful to choose dishes with versatile ingredients you know you’ll use for future meals rather than throwing them away. Additionally, you can get inspired by the corn-derived, biodegradable cellophane we use to package scents like CLEAN RESERVE Avant Garden White Fig & Bourbon and compost your leftovers!
Seek Out Eco-Friendly Gifts
Choosing vegan food baskets, beauty boxes, and fragrances, like our pollinator-protecting CLEAN RESERVE Radiant Nectar, is a great place to start as animal agriculture contributes significantly to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. It’s also a good idea to gift products that have been made sustainably and can be used beyond just one day. For example, our new CLEAN RESERVE Winter Pine Natural Soy Blend Candle features sustainably-sourced notes of Lavender and Sage, and is poured in a glass votive that can be repurposed as a makeup brush holder or plant pot.
Consider Your Cards
Holiday greeting cards are a simple and effective way to make someone feel special, but with the sheer number sent and delivered each year, they can have a potentially negative impact on the environment. That’s why we recommend purchasing cards that are made from FSC-certified paper, just like the boxes we use to package your favorite scents, so you know they’ve been created in an environmentally responsible and socially conscious way.
Reconsider Wrapping Paper
Did you know most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable? Shiny or metallic paper, as well as paper with glitter or texture, can’t be recycled. So this year, why not make your own? You could draw festive pictures on kraft paper, bundle presents in fabric, or accessorize newspaper with pine cones and dried leaves.
If you want to take the hassle out of checking ingredients, paper sources, and wrapping completely, opt for a Clean Beauty Collective digital gift card this season! Our gift cards are sent straight to your email to remove any paper or plastic from the gifting process. Plus, they give family and friends the freedom to pick their own signature scents from our collection of guaranteed vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally conscious fragrances!