National Survey Reveals More than Half of Americans are Likely to Prioritize the Environment Over a Holiday Tradition

Fifty-six percent of respondents said they are likely to forego or change a holiday tradition to help better the environment, including changes to traditional trees, holiday lights and wrapping paper


Englewood, CO, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The holidays are quicky approaching, but that doesn’t mean the environment isn’t still top-of-mind for many Americans. A recent Bona survey conducted by Revolution Digital of nearly 1,300 U.S. adults found that 56 percent of Americans are in some way likely to forego a holiday tradition in the name of the environment (11% highly likely, 14% likely and 31% somewhat likely).

When asked what respondents viewed as the most impactful way to benefit the environment during the holidays, conserving energy with LED lights/putting lights on a timer (61%), cleaning with safer products (51%) and reusing/recycling wrapping paper (47%) were the top three responses. Reusing an artificial tree or planning to recycle a live tree was a close fourth with 40% of respondents noting this action as helpful. One respondent even mentioned they would forego the tree and decorate less this year for the sake of being more sustainable, further showcasing the importance more Americans are placing on creating change for our planet.

“When it comes to creating a better planet, small actions can make a big difference,” said Heather Lindemann, global senior communications manager, Bona. “From reusing wrapping paper to cleaning with safer products, it’s welcoming to see so many Americans keeping the environment in mind during this holiday season.”

In the survey, nearly half of respondents noted they are considering environmentally friendly purchases or behaviors, including:

  • 44% reusing an artificial tree or planning to recycle a live tree
  • 39% conserving energy with LED lights or putting lights on a timer
  • 37% shopping or buying local
    • Of those looking to shop local, the 65+ group was most likely to say they will shop local (52%) in comparison to other younger groups that averaged between 35% and 36% of the total respondent group.
  • 37% reusing or recycling wrapping paper
  • 27% cleaning with safer products

In addition to purchasing and decorating habits, more than one in four respondents (28%) said they clean twice as much during the holidays, showcasing the need for safer cleaning ingredients. The 25-34-year-old age group was also the most likely to consider cleaning with safer products as a sustainable action this holiday season (37%), nearly double those in the 65+ group (20%).

“At Bona, we are committed to innovating products and systems that result in beautifully clean floors and are also safer for families, pets and our planet,” said Lindemann. “With more cleaning occurring during the holiday and winter seasons, we hope consumers will seek products that minimize environmental impact.” 

For information on other ways to green up your holidays and options for more environmentally friendly cleaning options, visit: 

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51% of Americans view cleaning with safer products as impactful to the environment. 56% of Americans are likely to forego or change a holiday tradition to help better the environment

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