The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas (is nearing). I love this time of year. I love winter activities (except ice skating, ice skating is lame, sorry Nicki). I love putting up Christmas decorations. I love the holiday parties. And I love walking around the city and just enjoying the holiday spirit.
With that being said, holiday decorating is upon us. I have been nagging my S.O. about decorating for the last week and hopefully we will get started this weekend! In March we moved into a new apartment twice the size of our last place, so we have a lot more space to decorate (our last place was a shoe box). However, this year I want to decorate as sustainably as possible.
One thing that truly sparked my interest in decorating more sustainably for the holidays was a the above that I saw at an exhibit last year. The photo uncovered one of the ugly truths of the holidays that many of us, including myself, neglect or are ignorant to: holiday decoration production processes. China produces 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations. The workers in these factories face poor working conditions and make unfair wages. The materials and dyes used to make the decorations contain toxic chemicals which are harmful to the worker’s health. Also, they have to be transported far distance for consumption in the Western world.
I don’t think this is very Christmas spirited and it’s not something that I want to support. This year, I’m going to stick to purchasing only second hand decorations or ones that are locally sourced and handmade. I am also going to attempt to make some of my own decorations and share my experiences with you. Let me know if you have any tips for decorating sustainably and ethically!