Photo Credit: Octavia & Brown
I love the Holidays. It's my favorite time to invite friends and family over and break out all the dishes, platters, napkins and vases, that don't get a lot of use the rest of the year. Knowing how much trash is thrown out during the Holiday season, between wrapping paper, extra food and plastic, I'm hoping to give the Earth a little break this year by making some eco-friendly choices.
Not one to scarfice style, I plan to load up on cermanic platters and plates that can be easily washed and reused. Flea markets, thrift stores and Home Goods stores are great options for inexpensive serving dishes. Fabric napkins and hand towels are great in place of paper. Instead of flowers, I plan to hop out to the backyard for evergreens and winterberry for a fun centerpiece. City dwellers can check with your local florist for some locally sourced flowers and greens. Finally, I'll place some beeswax votives around my apartment for a cozy feeling. Not only do beeswax candles smell delicious, but they emit less smoke than regular candles. A win-win in my book.
The ultimate eco-friendly option (and my personal favorite) is finding a great vintage item for my Holiday table. Not only is it recycling in it's best form, I always end up with a great one of a kind piece. I find that these are always the best conversation starters. Here are a few more eco-friendly options to get you started.
Image 1 (Left to Right): Winterberry, image courtesy of The Plant Hunter; Mod Holidot Recycled Gift Tote, $2.49 at the Container Store; Vintage brass deer figurines, $110 on Etsy; Recycled Windshield Pitcher, $52 at Uncommon Goods; Fallen Leave Dinnerware, Veraterra, see retailer for pricing; Beeswax votives, Starting from $11.95 at Beehive Candles
Image 2 (Left to Right): Red Cane Print Rice Paper Votive, $1.95 at Luna Bazaar; Mid century brass candlestick holders, $49 on Etsy; Culver Toyland Lowball Glasses, $48 on Etsy; Reclaimed Gym Floor Coffee Table, $900 at Uncommon Goods; Recycled Chopsticks Bowl, $28 on Uncommon Goods; Set of 6 Holiday Plaid Napkins, $14.95 at Crate & Barrel