Ring in an Eco-Friendly Vacation – Middleburg Sustainability Committee
HThe holidays are right around the corner, and this year the Town of Middleburg’s Sustainability Committee is offering tips for making the holidays more environmentally friendly.
Start by eating and decorating “local”. Local Middleburg farmers and gardeners have worked hard growing pumpkins, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, holiday flowers, Christmas trees and raising turkeys, and much more. Local mills stone grind the grain and bakers turn the flour into fun holiday treats. Local craft beverage producers provide their best holiday vibes, while local farm-to-table restaurants, shops and caterers have created delicious holiday menus. Local gardens advertise their wreath making classes. It’s the perfect time to eat and decorate local! Information on local food and decorating resources can be found at the following websites: bit.ly/3MUNrTD, bit.ly/3F1hirL, bit.ly/3DljMjf
Do you have a house full of guests? Well, instead of buying it, how about renting it. Follow the lead of the pros and rent what you need. Party rental companies rent more than tents; they have extra tables, chairs, place settings, televisions, sound systems, grills, and many other items. Want something new to wear? Well, you can rent it too, and here’s a site that lists some of the current clothing rental options. bit.ly/3SrlSm3.
Re-love it. Resale is one of the hottest trends in retail. From antique shops to non-profit shops and consignment stores, the Middleburg area offers a huge variety of second-hand items. Its resale stores can help you decorate your table, house, closet or barn. They also offer unique gifts. Last year my family received a 1960s blue glass measuring cup with a matching juicer that fits on top. It turned out perfect for making juice for cocktails!
Give the gift of nature. There are thousands of ways to share nature during the holidays, like burning off a bit of Thanksgiving dinner while taking a walk in the woods with a friend or family member. Gift a subscription to a hiking, kayaking, plant identification, or national parks app. Providing a bird feeder in the garden can provide hours of entertainment for people of any age or ability. Want to do it all? Spend the holidays in a national park.