A Green Christmas

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Spreading holiday cheer doesn’t necessarily have to mean extravagant consumption. And bringing the winter wonderland into your home doesn’t have to mean gaudy decor. As magical and merry as the holidays should be, they always come with a major price tag, and not the kind that effects your bank account. The trend of buying – gifts, decorations, food – in order to fulfill not only our own holiday fantasies but the expectations of others has become detrimental to the state of the environment. More manufacturing means more waste and pollution, and even the idea of a holiday itself is seasonal, disposable. At Lux & Eco we love indulging in the Christmas craze, but we also know that we can have our (fruit)cake and eat it too. We want to share with you some ideas to celebrate this year in the same tradition you know, but with a simpler take. Achieve the same holiday aesthetic with decorations that last years, not battery life. Cook homemade meals you can brag about because they taste good and feel good, because they’re locally sourced and made using sustainable practices. Your friends will be in awe at your innovation and ability to keep it classy. Cheers to keeping with the spirit, and truly participating in the season of giving!

 Eat, Drink Wine, and be Crafty: DIY Cork Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Supplies:

Wine corks (already naturally-dyed red at the end!)

Hot glue gun

Thumb tacks

Ribbon

Christmas in Nature: DIY Outdoor Bird-Feeder Tree Ornaments

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Supplies:

Flour

Water

Unflavored Geletin

Corn Syrup

Birdseed

Cookie Cutters/Muffin Tins (for molding shapes)

Nonstick Spray

Straws

Wax paper

Ribbons

 Recycled Literature: Christmas Tree Book Page/Sheet Music Mantel Decorations

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paper tree, crafting, craft, christmas, gift

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Supplies:

 Book pages (sheet music, dictionaries, novels, anything you have!)

A wood stick (dowel, skewer, again – whatever you have!)

Hot glue gun

Piece of cardboard

Zig-Zag Scissors

Buttons

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The meat production industry, particularly conventional practices, requires land, fertilization, transportation, and factory processing. These procedures directly cause deforestation, the release of excess greenhouse gases, water pollution, and have been proven to be inhumane in their nature. By the time the animal products get to our dinner tables, the additives and hormones in them threaten the likelihood we will develop heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. This year feel safe while you feel full and opt for vegetarian and vegan items to serve at your holiday parties. The more local your ingredients are, the better. You can support your community, support sustainable agriculture, and support your own healthy lifestyle!

Wow Guests With Delectable Hors d’oeuvres :Porcini-and-Pecan Pâté (Vegetarian)

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 Keep Things Healthy, But Hearty: Sweet Potato and Leek Roulade (Vegetarian)

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 Savory Desserts by the Stars: Alicia Silverstone’s Chocolate Amaretto Mousse

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Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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