The holiday season may be all about kindness, caring and giving, but consider the huge environmental impact of all that celebrating and gift-sharing. While not everyone will be hosting a festive celebration this year, chances are we all have to attend a holiday party so here’s some tips on how to reduce YOUR impact.
1. RENT YOUR OUTFIT
Why invest in owning a designer or brand name dress that will take up valuable closet space and realistically, you will only wear once? You can rent these pieces for a fraction of the price, slash your environmental impact and still switch up your look for each event you attend.
Studio Fitzroy has a gorgeous, curated collection of holiday outfits, full of velvets, sequins, lace and everything else perfect for holiday parties. You can rent online or drop by their studio during operating hours – no appointment necessary!
Boro allows you to rent from other Torontonians’ closets or rent out your own past party dresses to help give your holiday fund a little boost, all while keeping it green.
Rent Frock Repeat works a lot like Studio Fitzroy, with stylists to help you create the look you want. You can book a private fitting or have an e-consultation to find exactly what you need.
Fresh Fashion Library allows you to lend and borrow within a like-minded community. You can become a member and have unlimited access to a rotating closet or rent individual items as a guest.
2. CHOOSE CONSCIOUS JEWELRY
Chic Made Consciously has a new Golden Collection made with upcycled brass from war remnants in Cambodia. This line is so beautifully minimal and delicate, yet festive and super versatile. The name Chic Made Consciously could not be more fitting. Read more here.
Chic Made Consciously
3. GIVE AN ECO GIFT
Is there a Secret Santa or Grinch Game at the party? If so, choose conscious gifts. Find local products made with sustainable or recycled materials, give a charitable donation, make a handmade gift or purchase tickets to an exhibit or play to give the gift of time instead of “things”. Use recycled wrapping paper or try wrapping a gift with old fabric or scarves. It looks fantastic and is more sustainable than a bag or paper.
The Eco Hub
4. CARPOOL OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT
Seriously. If we all did this more often, we could dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.
Happy Holidays, everyone!