Sustainable holiday celebrations: Tips for a greener holiday

We spoke with Mason & Greens owner Jason Marino for tips on how to be more eco-friendly this holiday season.

WASHINGTON — Going green isn’t just for the Grinch. With the holidays upon us, we visited a zero-waste shop in DC for tips on how to be more friendly to the environment while you celebrate the season.

We spoke with Mason & Greens owner Jason Marino for some tips.

If you’re throwing an ugly sweater at a party, or exchanging a white elephant gift, there are several ways to prepare your house before your guests arrive.

Marino says it can be something small like refilling soap containers.

“This is a great thing to do. Everyone has a nice soap container at home, you can bring it to a store like ours or one of the others in the area and refill it,” Marino said.

Marino also suggests picking up toilet paper that’s soft on people and soft on the planet. Mason & Greens stocks PlantPaper, which is made from bamboo. Also in the bathroom, Marino says fizzy toilet bombs are a great eco-friendly option for keeping things clean.

What about the most import rooms in the house for a holiday soiree? The kitchen.

“In the kitchen, one of the things we like to do is getting rid of paper towels,” Marino said. Reusable paper towels can be put in the wash and used again and again, Marino said.

You can also be more friendly to the planet by choosing the right decorations.

“This is the important part. This is what makes the holidays,” Marino said. “One of the things we like to recommend people do is use live plants. Live plants for decoration are spectacular, they bring color and life to the house.”

Marino also suggests wrapping gifts in wrapping paper that is compostable.

Mailing a card to a special someone? Marino points to plantable cards.

“They have seeds in them. They will grow wildflowers. When the sentiment is over, you just plant it in the ground and let the sentiment grow,” Marino said.

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