San Francisco Environment Department

Green Your Holiday Season!

The holidays are right around the corner. As you check off your list, here are a few tips you can keep in mind to make your holiday season a little greener.

Plant a seed, grow a native plant.

Poppy flower

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Green Christmas Tree Program is canceled, but you can celebrate by bringing home a native plant that lasts all year to help enhance and protect native pollinator habitats.

Bee-Friendly Plant Nurseries > 


Make your holiday feast, zero waste.

Stuffed bellpeppers

Use your food and send less to landfill this holiday season. 

Use these tips and tricks >


Recycle used cooking oil, grease, and fats. 

Tortillas frying in oil

Properly dispose of cooking oil, grease, and fats.  

Use one of these three methods > 



Shop small, shop local.

one hand holding white box gift with brown bow, other hand in air

Make a big impact in your community: Support San Francisco Green Businesses that make our community vibrant, unique, and sustainable. 

Find a green business near you >  


Store holiday leftovers in stainless steel or glass.

Tote bag with multilingual phrase

Reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.

Learn more >


Refuse disposable foodware.

Reusable utensils in flower bag

Reduce waste by refusing what you don’t need, skip the straw if possible, and pass on plastic foodware.

Use your own reusable utensils when you order takeout > 



Bring your own bag.

Tote bag with multilingual phrase

In San Francisco, you save twenty five cents every time you swap a reusable bag for a disposable one.

Find out more about the checkout bag ordinance >



Look around your house for creative ways to wrap gifts, or choose wrapping paper that is made from post-consumer recycled content. 

Why buy new wrapping paper when you can make your own? Kids’ drawings, old maps, newspaper comics, and even cloth can make your gift stand out. Stop by a creative reuse store like SCRAP to get even more creative. An SF Environment favorite is to make one gift into two by wrapping your gift in a reusable bag!

Did you find a unique way to green your Holidays? Send us a photo on Facebook or Twitter.

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