Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Photo: © iStock.com / Janine Lamontagne (image #9086577)KMUCC Green Team Tips for a Green Holiday Season

• A real Christmas tree – but if you have an artificial one already, keep using it
• Use LED lights
• Buy less – and buy eco-friendly items including non-object gifts like planned experiences, planting trees, charity donations
• Make your own holiday cards and ornaments
• Connect with Nature
• Choose eco-friendly wrapping paper, even the comics from the newspaper
• Don’t forget the food – sustainable and tasty, with minimal waste. Love leftovers.
• Calculate your carbon footprint, using a carbon footprint calculator like the one the University of California, Berkeley offers on its website.

Some online resources with more detail and ideas

How To Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas | HuffPost Life by Caroline Bologna
Dec 18, 2017 - How To Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas. Here are some tips for going green this holiday season. 

21 eco-friendly Christmas tips | Friends of the Earth
Nov 2, 2018 - How to ease off the rampant consumerism – and save the planet's natural resources – without being a Scrooge at Christmas. Our 21 cockle-warming tips...

How to Have a 'Green' Christmas | Eartheasy Guides & Articles
Christmas doesn't have to be a burden on the planet. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.

What's the most environmentally friendly Christmas tree you can get? | The Verge by Alessandra Potenza
Dec 8, 2017 - If you want to get yourself the most environmentally friendly Christmas tree, you should choose one that still has its root ball attached, so you can replant it after... 

How To Keep It Green with Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations | Greener Ideal by Sarah Burke
Dec 11, 2017 - This post will tell you how you can easily decorate your home this Christmas in a way that minimizes the harmful impact that this jolly ole' season can have on...

Environment-Friendly Gift Sources

Local Stores

Backyard Bird ShopBackyard Bird Shop
16949 S.W. 65th Ave. Lake Oswego, OR 97035 & various locations 

EcoBaby Gear
7980 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215

Ecovibe Apparel

904 NW 23rd Avenue Portland, OR 97210

Flipside Hats
4432 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Green Dog Pet Supply
4327 NE Fremont, Portland 97213

3707 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Presents of Mind
3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, 97214

Online Shopping

Uncommon Goods
Search “recycled gifts”

Global Goods Partners

Ideas for Home-created Gifts

Huffington Post 45 awesome gift ideas

Totally Green Crafts

Local Charities and NonProfits that sell gifts

Audubon Society
5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210

Friends of Trees – gift tree
3117 NE ML King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Goodwill, Salvation Army and other resale stores.

Oregon Historical Society

Portland Art Museum