5 Eco-Friendly Tips for a Green Hanukkah
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or are just interested in learning more about how to be eco-conscious, we've got five eco-friendly tips that will help change the way you think about certain holiday traditions. Here's to a happy and green Hanukkah!
1. Burn Clean Candles
Instead of using candles made from petroleum-based paraffin wax, use ones made from beeswax, soy or even coconut. These eco-friendly alternatives contain no harmful chemicals which will make your home a happier and healthier one during the holidays.
2. Give the Gift of Experiences Over Physical Gifts
Living minimalist is one certain way to an adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. After eight days of gift giving, presents can really pile up. So, instead of adding more stuff to your life, consider giving experience-based gifts like concert tickets, cooking classes, or a Groupon.
3. Buy Fair Trade Gelt
Chocolate gelt – chocolate coins wrapped in foil – is a tasty Hanukkah tradition, but typically this chocolate is mass produced. Fair trade chocolate, on the other hand, is ethically sourced making it a more sustainable choice. So, have a guilt-free gelt Hanukkah by opting for fair trade chocolate and other fair trade products.
4. Keep a Green Kitchen
Hanukkah wouldn't be the same without potato pancakes, also known as latkes. The oil they are cooked in, however, isn't the most eco-friendly, particularly in the way it's disposed of. Instead of pouring it down the drain, put it in an old container and find out about disposal services in your area. You can also compost the oil with some sawdust or lawn clippings. And of course, don't forget to use reusable products like reusable bags and containers when storing your leftovers.
5. Avoid Plastic Holiday Accessories
Hanukkah is full of family traditions, many of which include passing down things like dreidels and menorahs. If you're in need of new items as such, avoid buying cheap plastic ones and instead, invest in well-made accessories of good quality. Up-front it might cost more to do so, but it's worth it for the environmental impact it will have. Plus, you'll be able to continue the tradition of passing these items down through the generations.
What are some of your favorite eco-friendly tips for a green Hanukkah?