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Article: Jingle Sustainably With Eco-Friendly Christmas Furniture And Decor Tips

Jingle Sustainably With Eco-Friendly Christmas Furniture And Decor Tips

Written by Henry Phan Update
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Get ready to sprinkle some eco-magic on your Christmas festivities! Rowabi is on a mission to transform your holiday space into a sustainable haven without compromising on style or festivity.

From ingenious recycled materials to nature's touch in design, we're about to unveil the coolest and greenest Christmas decor ideas and furniture pieces. Let's make your celebration not just visually stunning but also environmentally friendly.

What did we leave behind for the environment after Christmas?

As the holiday season approaches, the joy of festivities is often accompanied by a surge in environmental impact. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the waste generated during this time can be staggering - wrapping paper, returns, food waste, and decorations contribute to the list.

embrace the holiday joy but be mindful of the waste generated through christmas gift wrapping
While receiving gifts is delightful, Christmas gift wrapping is a significant source of waste. Source: Liverpool Echo [3]

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans witness a concerning 25% increase in solid waste, equating to approximately 25 million tons or an extra million tons per week, according to data [1] from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and TakeCareofTexas.org.

Meanwhile, OnePoll's recent survey [2] of 2,000 Americans partaking in winter holiday celebrations reveals an estimated 43% increase in waste during this festive season. This translates to around 29 pounds of trash per week, with wrapping paper taking the lead as the primary holiday culprit at 58%, closely followed by gift bags at 57%. Tissue paper (53%), food waste (53%), and plastic or boxes from presents round out the top five sources of holiday waste.

They also found out that despite the seasonal surge in waste, it doesn't contribute positively to the holiday spirit. A significant majority, 54% of respondents, believe that experiencing a sense of wastefulness during the holidays diminishes their excitement for the festivities. Additionally, 56% express a feeling of needing to make a choice between embracing sustainability and fully enjoying the holiday season.

So buckle up, it’s time to change for a greener and joy-filled Christmas ahead!

As per statistics, people are increasingly leaning towards the trend of using sustainable products for the Christmas season. So, where should you start to make this Christmas more sustainable? What can you do to live greener and assist your country in reducing the alarming figures mentioned earlier? Explore our suggestions below for inspiration!

Change up the classic tree look

If you're eager to step away from the traditional appearance of a real Christmas tree, there are plenty of alternative options that offer refreshing twists while also being environmentally conscious and perfect for smaller spaces.

craft a vintage paper christmas tree adorned with twinkling string lights for a one of a kind festive touch
Create a paper Christmas tree, adorned with string lights for a unique and vintage look. Source: Lights4Fun [4]

Get creative and fashion a distinct Christmas tree using leftover paper, leaves, or any materials at your disposal. This innovative approach ensures a stylish display without contributing to excessive waste for a single-use festive occasion.

Or else, using a simple cereal box, a handful of paper bags, and hot glue, you can fashion a charming, rustic Christmas tree. Just cut pieces of cardboard, crimp paper strips by twisting them in your fist, and then glue everything together. The result? An exclusive Christmas tree crafted entirely from upcycled materials, stands at a convenient 13 inches high.

Perfect for showcasing on a mantel, bookshelf, or dining table! Alternatively, explore options such as a tree made from wood boards or a book tree for an equally distinctive and eco-friendly touch.

Go for sustainable Christmas present wrap

You've nailed down your eco-friendly gifts, but how do you give them a super cute package? Beautifully wrapped Christmas presents beneath the tree are decorative in their own right. Opt for sustainability by choosing recyclable wrapping paper or even brown craft paper to craft stunning packages that bring festive appeal to your entire home.

choose reusable fabric bags and create a unique paper tree with vintage charm
Opt for items that can be reused, such as drawstring fabric bags and leftover fabric pieces. Source: My Green Closet [5]

A clever tip involves reusing ribbon, a resource likely leftover from festive crafts or previous Christmas gifts. They prefer recyclable wrapping paper and often save and reuse favorite ribbons for years, striving for maximum sustainability. The preference for neutral colors makes this practice seamless.

Choosing wrapping paper wisely is crucial. While sparkly or shiny paper might wow, it's often not recyclable. Opt for paper labeled recyclable or made from recycled materials. Put every bit of wrapping paper to use by turning scraps into bows or DIY gift tags, saving money on trimmings, and keeping waste out of landfills.

Craft your personalized garland

Creating a charming dried citrus garland is surprisingly easy. Begin by slicing oranges, extracting the juice, and baking the slices at 250°F for two hours. Afterward, let them cool on a rack for a few days. Thread the dried slices using a needle and thread to craft a delightful garland for your tree or mantel. Alternatively, fashion them into easily hangable tree ornaments with looped threads.

craft a handmade garland for a fragrant and colorful home
A handmade garland adds unique colors and a fruity fragrance to your home. Source: Sustainably Chic [6]

You can also capture the essence of nature with a timeless pinecone garland. For sustainability, skip the glitter, as even eco-friendly options pose environmental concerns. Without the sparkle, this plastic-free garland is visually appealing on your mantelpiece. Enjoy a winter walk, forage for pinecones, and add an outdoor touch to your festive decor.

Moreover, expand your choice with your collection of paper, salvaged from deliveries and old wrapping paper, to craft a charming origami star garland. With paper, string, and a craft knife, create a constellation of stars for a festive setting.

Design a one-of-a-kind Christmas wreath

Designing your own Christmas wreath is not only enjoyable and fulfilling but also a sustainable alternative to store-bought options. Utilize elements from nature, such as foliage, flowers, birch branches, holly, and ivy, for a wreath that reflects the beauty of the outdoors.

welcome guests with a charming wreath placed at your doorstep
Place this wreath in front of your door as a welcoming symbol. Source: The Real Flower Company [7]

Create a circular base using materials at home, like cardboard boxes, or opt for a moss wreath. Arrange your chosen decorations using glue or string to assemble them, adding a personal touch to your festive creation. Incorporate these findings into your wreath, resulting in a beautiful and sustainable decoration that adds a festive touch to your home.

Revitalize your decor with residual paint

If you embraced a natural aesthetic last year but now crave more vibrant hues for the merriest Christmas vibes, opt for an eco-friendly approach. Reduce your carbon footprint by repurposing leftover craft paint to breathe new life into aging Christmas decorations.

elevate your decorations with a fresh coat of paint
Paint can transform your decorations, giving them a fresh and distinctive look. Source: South House Designs [8]

Whether they're made of wood, metal, or plastic, a swift application of acrylic paint—be it craft or household—can effortlessly rejuvenate your decorations. Give them a fresh finish to perfect your Christmas tree theme or enhance the charm of your holiday mantel.

Expand your ornament variety

Instead of discarding that old pair of worn-out jeans in your closet, consider giving them a new purpose. Denim fabric, known for its durability and versatility, can be upcycled into charming Christmas tree ornaments.

upcycle old items into unique ornaments with some creativity and basic materials
With a bit of skill and basic materials, turn old items into new and unique ornaments. Source: Etsy [9]

If you're handy with a needle and thread, cut out two small triangles from the denim, then hand-stitch an array of stars onto them. Stitch the triangles together, remembering to add cushion stuffing or repurpose fabric from worn-out clothing for a more sustainable touch.

For a sustainable and vibrant touch, explore the art of origami with Christmas tree baubles. These colorful and reusable ornaments are crafted from 100% recycled paper, providing an eco-friendly alternative to traditional decorations.

Alternatively, the call for all crochet enthusiasts is to put their skills to use with beautiful crochet stars made from odds and ends of wool. Whether adorning your Christmas tree as baubles, forming a charming garland, or replacing bows on gifts, these crochet stars offer endless possibilities.

Equip your table setting with sustainable elements

At the heart of the festive celebration, the Christmas table embodies the spirit of the season with its enchanting details, be it the charming napkins or the iconic British Christmas crackers. These decorative elements play a pivotal role in shaping the atmosphere of your holiday table setting, and the beauty lies in their sustainability—they need not be discarded after this year's festivities.

break free from tradition and explore various colors and reusable materials
Break the tradition; Christmas can now embrace any color and reusable materials. Source: Cate St Hill [10]

Consider a delightful transition from disposable paper napkins to exquisite linen alternatives, adding both charm and durability to your table. Choose from a wide array of styles, spanning classic Christmas-inspired colors, serene Scandi shades, chic monochrome and minimal tones, or lively, vibrant hues to achieve a maximalist finish. This shift not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your table but also contributes to a more sustainable and enduring festive tradition.

Go for sustainable furniture

People often have a tendency to change furniture for the year-end season, aiming to declutter their homes and redecorate with different styles, giving their space a refreshing touch. However, such practices can significantly impact the environment.

Instead, consider choosing furniture pieces made from natural materials that possess timeless beauty and are immune to trends. This way, you not only enhance your home's aesthetics for the holiday season but also invest in pieces that can be used year-round and even last for many years to come.

Reclaimed wood coffee table

A reclaimed wood coffee table is a sustainable and character-rich addition to your living space. Crafted from reclaimed wood, this furniture piece is sure to add character and warmth to your living space. By giving new life to wood that has served a previous purpose, the coffee table showcases the beauty of imperfections and tells a unique story.

introduce depth to your living room with a dark wood table
A dark wood table adds depth to your living room. Source: Pottery Barn [11]

Wooden storage trunk and bench

Maximize your space efficiency with a multifunctional combination of trunk and bench. As you prepare to welcome a multitude of guests this holiday season, this versatile piece serves a dual purpose by offering ample storage and comfortable seating. This piece of furniture is built to withstand everyday use, easily accommodating the weight of the average person.

Seamlessly merging functionality with elegance, this storage trunk and bench prove to be an ideal addition for both storage convenience and extra seating during festive gatherings and beyond.

Recycled plastic outdoor chairs

This conscious choice of furniture can actively reduce plastic waste. Crafted from recycled materials, these chairs not only contribute to environmental well-being but also offer practical benefits.

opt for recycled plastic chairs for a vibrant and sustainable garden
Choose recycled plastic chairs for a vibrant and eco-friendly garden upgrade. Source: Egerton Radio [12]

Designed to withstand various weather conditions, they boast weather-resistant qualities, ensuring durability in outdoor settings.

Moreover, these chairs are low-maintenance, providing a hassle-free solution for outdoor seating. Arrange some chairs for snow-watching with a cup of hot chocolate, or simply enjoy the cold winter breeze.

Upcycled metal bookshelf

Opting for a metal bookshelf is a chic and environmentally conscious decision that repurposes materials, reducing the need for new resources. This piece embodies a sleek and modern design while actively contributing to environmental responsibility.

Remarkably sturdy and durable, it ensures no compromise in the quality of your books, avoiding issues such as color transfer or moisture that can lead to mold.

Rattan pendant light

If the Christmas tree symbolizes Noel, then the pendant light serves as the glue binding everyone together with its gentle golden glow and the warmth and coziness it imparts. Therefore, choosing a rattan pendant light brings the essence of nature into the room, making it eco-friendly.

illuminate any space with the transformative power of the sepherina pendant light
The Sepherina Rattan Pendant Light has the power to completely transform any room. Source: Rowabi

Yet, with the diverse shapes of rattan pendant lights, you can transform the space into something fresh, distinctive, and more impressive.

For a touch of luxury in your home, consider the Sepherina Rattan Pendant Light of Rowabi. This lighting fixture not only brings sophistication and uniqueness with its novel design but also stands out remarkably. Placing this light in the center of your living room can elicit an impressive "wow" from anyone.

If you prefer the more typical option, go for the Kloe Rattan Pendant Light. A top best-seller from Rowabi, Kloe boasts an alluring, lightweight, and elegant design that seamlessly complements any interior style. This is a light fixture you can never go wrong with.

kloe suits every setting bringing an elegant touch to any style
Kloe can be placed in any setting and suits every style effortlessly. Source: Rowabi

As you light up your space, let the spirit of sustainability brighten your holiday celebrations. Join us in creating a more sustainable and festive environment—explore our collection now and take advantage of our exclusive sale with discounts of up to 50% on our best-selling products. Don't miss this opportunity to bring both warmth and eco-consciousness to your home!

Final thoughts

In conclusion, embracing eco-friendly furniture and decor ideas this Christmas isn't just about creating a stylish and festive home—it's a commitment to sustainability and a healthier planet.

Each thoughtful choice contributes to a more environmentally conscious celebration. Choose wisely, decorate sustainably, and make this Christmas a truly green and joyful celebration with Rowabi.

Source:

  • [1]https://www.news10.com/holidays/study-americans-amass-nearly-30-pounds-of-extra-trash-during-holiday-weeks/
  • [2]https://www.news10.com/holidays/study-americans-amass-nearly-30-pounds-of-extra-trash-during-holiday-weeks
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  • [6]https://www.sustainably-chic.com/blog/sustainable-christmas-decorations
  • [7] - https://www.realflowers.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-most-sustainable-christmas-wreath/
  • [8]: https://southhousedesigns.com/revive-outdated-christmas-ornaments/
  • [9]https://www.etsy.com/listing/1317840756/vintage-denim-stuffed-christmas
  • [10]https://catesthill.com/2019/12/05/how-to-make-your-own-sustainable-christmas-crackers/
  • [11]https://www.potterybarn.com/products/griffin-metal-wood-slab-coffee-table/
  • [12]https://radio.egerton.ac.ke/?o=very-good-and-proper-turns-hemp-fiber-recycled-plastic-ff-RpPPjbiD
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