San Francisco Department of the Environment

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.


Adopt a living, future street tree.

Green your holiday celebrations with a living, potted tree, hand-picked to thrive on San Francisco's streets.. 
Adopt a living tree through Friends of the Urban Forest >


Make your holiday feast, zero waste.

Love your food and send less to landfill this holiday season. 
Use these tips and tricks >


Take public transportation, bike, or carpool.

Why sit in traffic and worry about parking when you can take public transit? You can treat yourself with the money and time saved from driving and parking. 
Plan your trip with 511 Transit >

Refuse disposable.

Help reduce waste by refusing what you don’t need, reducing what you consume, and reusing what you have
Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop >


Bring your own bag.

In San Francisco, you save ten cents every time you swap a reusable bag for a disposable one.
Find out more about the checkout bag ordinance >


Give your loved ones an experience.

Give a gift that will be remembered forever. Some of our favorite gift ideas include: concert tickets, art or dance classes, a car sharing membership, or even a gift to charity. For low-budget experiences you can gift your own time by making dinner, babysitting, washing a car, or cleaning out a garage or attic.

Find something unique at an antique store or a flea market, or even a nursery. 

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the mall and peruse antique stores, consignment shops, and flea markets for one of a kind gifts. Seeds and potted plants are gifts that last all year, and help clean our air. 
Bee-Friendly Plant Nurseries >

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!

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