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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

This year, decorations at many locations in Malaysia have gone green during the Christmas season. We can also consider changing some of our habits to have a more eco-friendly Christmas:

1. Using recycled plastic bottles, used egg cartons, cotton wool from used pillows for Christmas Trees

2. Using recycled plastic bottles in place of hanging chandeliars like in the picture above.

3. Using LED bulbs and LED modules with lights to make the tree sparkle in a spectrum of colours such as purple, blue, yellow and red. LED bulbs and modules can shave off about 75% from the electricity bill for the normal decorations. These bulbs do not get hetaed up, neither do they casue short circuits, melt or become health hazards. E.g. a string of 100 bulbs needs only 7.5 watts of electricity and these waterproof bulbs can be used both indoors and outdoors. The enercy consumption is so low, a huge tree uses only 2 amps compared to a normal Christmas tree that uses 12 amps.

4. Styrofoam can be used to make Santa Clause, his sleigh and reindeers, also Snowman.

5. Turn Christmas lighting off during sleeping hours or when not at home.

6. Don't leave the TV, Hi-Fi or Stereo on standby mode. Turn it off when not in use.

7. Avoid leaving the oven door open to observe the turkey during the baking process. Instead, remove the turkey from the oven to check it and close the oven door. This will keep the heat in, thereby saving energy consumption.

8. Do not overcook. Make sure extra food has cooled before putting into the fridge.

9. When cooking stews, keep the lid on. This will cook quicker, thereby conserving energy.

10. Wait for a full load before using the electric dish washer.

11. Recycle the ribbons.

12. Don't use styrofoam or disposable cups, plates and silverware.

Thank you to Michelle of Rambling Woods for hosting Think(ing) Green Thursday. To participate or to view contributions from other green thinkers around the globe, please visit here.


  1. Lovely photo - the things hanging dow look like fairy dust or angels wings.
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

  2. Some great eco "go green" reminders! Lovely eco-friendly trees! Merry Christmas to you and yours

  3. Thank you for your kind compliments! I am starting to set aside recycleable materials in my household disposals. I used to not care and just throw everything into the trash bin.

  4. gorgeous Christmas photo and great green tips! thanks for your comment on my site. Happy Holidays to you!

  5. Warmest Christmas wishes to you.

  6. Thanks for the tips 1-12 on recycling. Merry Xmas!

  7. I don't see the plastic bottles. it must be so cleverly done. Good job.

  8. BlossomFlowerGirl, Wenn, Leif, Mei Teng, Julie, BSquared, Bananaz, Ann.

    Thank you very much for the nice comments.

    All the 3 trees here is made completely of plastic bottles which gives it a white appearance. Blue LED lights makes the tree sparkle. As for the 'chandeliar' like structure dangling from the top, the shorter ones are white plastic bottles while the longer lines are LED lights.

  9. Those chandeliers are made of plastic bottles? Wow. Very well done! And a great reminder for today and everyday.

    Merry Christmas!

  10. You do fine the most interesting posts and this week you are the only poster to Thinking Green..thank you Autumn Belle... Michelle

  11. Thanks for the tips! Hope you had an excellent Christmas! Very nice and festive photo!


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