Simple steps toward reducing waste this holiday season

  • Casey Grogan, owner of Silver Bells Tree Farm and president of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, trims a noble fir at his 400-acre Christmas tree farm in Silverton, Ore. in November 2018. Experts say real Christmas trees are a more sustainable choice than artificial trees. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

  • This image provided by Better Homes & Gardens shows diorama ornaments made out of upcycled Mason jar lids. (Carson Downing/Better Homes & Gardens via AP)

With concern about climate change growing, this holiday season is a chance to try celebrating in more planet-friendly ways. Simple changes to the way we gift wrap, send cards, decorate and entertain can cut out a lot of waste. (And often save money in the process.)