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Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday retail displays and commercials may have those in the spirit wanting to decorate, and it is tempting to give in to the desire to decorate for the occasion. However, during tight economic times it hardly seems reasonable to blow your budget on décor that will only be displayed a small fraction of the year. Simple projects and some do it yourself creativity can allow a holiday style around the house without breaking the monetary allowance for the entire season. Trim the tree with reused objects and everyday items from around the house. This ideal uses animal figurines and gives them… read more

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine

Mulled wine is a wonderful winter treat. Recipes vary from one culture to the next, but all require mixing wine with spices, fruit, and sugar or honey and serving it hot. If you’d like to try your hand at making mulled wine, be sure to start with a good wine. Many people think it’s alright to use poor quality wine given that it will be cooked, but the finished product won’t be as good. Most mulled wine recipes call for red wine, but a few favor white or a blend of the two. Some also include brandy, though in Scandinavia,… read more

Dressing Your Gifts

Wrapping paper

As the holidays approach, many will be in a rush to get presents picked out and dressed up. All too often, this includes spending extra money on wrapping paper, plastic bows, and other disposable adornments. Rather than going that familiar route, ditch the wrapping paper altogether. Instead, wrap your presents using unique alternatives that will make your gift all the more memorable. Try donning your gift in the following: An Old Map – it could be an ordinary road map or an antique map. Maybe it is a map of a region your recipient is fond of. For example, use a map of Ireland if your loved one… read more

Green Christmas Decor

Green Christmas decor

Christmas decorations can have many negative environmental impacts. Producing decorations and their packaging uses non-renewable resources and creates pollution. In addition, shipping materials to factories and finished products to stores (and driving them home from stores) contributes to global warming. However, it is easy to switch to more eco-friendly Christmas décor by following the three environmental principles: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce There are a number of ways to reduce both the amount of material used in decorating and its environmental impacts. Use natural decorations, such as a bough cut from a tree, a bowl of pinecones, dried flowers, strings… read more

Christmas Recipes

Christmas fare

Christmas is a time for comfort food, but the Christmas feast doesn’t need to be unhealthy. Here are three nutritious recipes for the Christmas table. 1.  Healthy Pumpkin Pie This pumpkin pie is lower in sugar and fat than other most pie recipes but still delicious. Its wonderful flavor and aroma come from a rich blend of spices. Ingredients 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell 1 standard (398 ml) can pumpkin 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup skim milk 1/2 cup raw organic cane sugar or natural, unrefined Demerara sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/4… read more

Tailoring Tradition

Christmas traditions

Holidays are built upon the traditions of the past, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for altercation. The best traditions, and ultimately the ones that hold up through new generations, are those that can be tailored to fit society’s current needs. Unfortunately, today’s holiday season is marked strongly by consumption- or rather the over-consumption of products, gifts, travel miles, and electricity. The obsession with consumer goods is also at odds with the meaning of the holidays themselves. It is, after all, the season for giving. Though to many who celebrate the holidays, they have just become a habit or a break from work. Fair enough. But for those… read more

77 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Blackle Mag Eco Gift Ideas

Holiday season is here and we at Blackle Mag are celebrating the end of our first year with a well thought out and well-intended list of eco-friendly and sustainable gift ideas. The list has been compiled by our wonderful group of writers who have researched the best environmentally-friendly gift ideas around with the intention of hopefully taking the stress out of you having to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. We want this list to be a useful and evolving resource so please add your eco-friendly gift ideas to the comments at the bottom of the page…. read more

Real vs Fake Xmas Trees

Real or fake Christmas trees

Many people choose fake trees over real ones because they believe that plastic trees are better for the environment, but are they really the more eco-friendly option? Fake trees are convenient and reusable. However, they’re made from PVC plastic, which creates a number of environmental problems. Production of PVC triggers the release of toxic chemicals such as dioxin, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, and additional chemicals that are used to make plastic trees more pliable have caused damage to the kidneys, livers, brains, and reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Many fake trees contain lead, which can cause brain damage if… read more