The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit want this holiday to be green and white.

Although lots of people hope for a white Christmas, the health unit is pushing the public to try and make it “green.”

Not green in the literal sense but rather eco-friendly. The health unit suggests doing your decorating differently to reduce the environmental impact of the holidays.

They say you can make your own wreaths, ornaments and centrepieces out of pine cones, gords and other plants. They also suggest cutting snowflake decorations out of scrap paper and using things like popcorn and other food items to decorate than giving the food to birds after the holiday is finished.

The health unit says the higher cost of LED lights balances out when you are using less electricity. The use of LED lights also reduces the cost of hydro compared to normal lights.

To reduce the amount of waste going into landfills over the holidays, the health unit recommends “giving an experience” rather than a traditional gift. And wrapping gifts in fabric totes or recyclable materials like newspapers, comics and posters.

Sue Shikaze, a health promoter with HKPR, says  “going green this holiday season is a great gift because we all benefit from a healthier planet,” says Shikaze.  “The reality is that climate change and pollution can – and are already starting to – affect human health.” She adds “we all need to start thinking about ways we can better support a healthy planet in 2019 and beyond. After all, what impacts the environment impacts us.”