The University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability has some advice for people preparing their home for the holidays or planning a family gathering.
Community Engagement Co-ordinator Matt Wolsfeld says gift-buyers should consider purchasing bags that can be reused and wrapping paper that can be recycled.
For the present itself, Wolsfeld says people should rethink if the present you are buying is going to end up in the landfill relatively quickly, or if it will be used often by the recipient.
For example, he says socks aren’t the most popular Christmas present, but people wear socks.
Wolsfeld says people should also reconsider old holiday traditions and wonder if they can be reduced and trimmed down to reduce energy use.
He says it goes against what were always taught, but he says you can start your own new traditions and avoid full-on consumption.
Wolsfeld says people need to think about reducing their electricity consumption, because all electricity in the province is mostly produced by natural gas and coal, which means every lightbulb that’s turned on generates greenhouse gases.