18 Dec Live the Mission
Live the Mission – Holiday Edition
By Aveda Institute Denver Cosmetology Educator, Danell “D”
The holidays bring a lot of hustle and bustle. This year, think Green when it comes to holiday traditions. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.
Some holiday gifts are more practical and need to be brand new but many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less. Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You can give more while spending less by giving gifts that are personal and unique.
Look for locally made gifts. Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation. Gifts made locally often have a story which goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known.
Support a Cause
Aveda’s gift sets give back this holiday by supporting a small community in Nepal. Aveda purchases the eco-friendly hand-made Lokta bark paper which helps this community thrive. You can learn more about this story by following #LoveForNepal. Each gift set is adorned with a beautiful story about the products and packaging.
Shine Brightly – Minimize Energy
Use LED lights for house and Christmas tree lighting LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights use up to 95 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.
Reduce and Reuse
Large wrapped presents usually have large enough uncreased sections to be reused for wrapping smaller gifts. If you open large gift packages with care, the paper can be set aside for re-use for other gift-giving occasions. Fancy ribbons and bows, of course, can be stored in a box till next year when you’ll appreciate having them around and not having to buy new ones. Aveda gift sets boxes, designed with handmade Lokta bark paper from Nepal, are easily reusable for future gifting or storing holiday ribbon, ornaments and treasures. Another easy tip is to re-use holiday gift cards. Simply cut out the portion that wasn’t written on and re-use as a postcard or make it into a new card, or even a beautiful paper ornament. Get crafty!