Canadian Registered Charity (855745220RR001).

Category: News

Here are some ideas to help you green your holiday season while lessening your ecological footprint...

Holiday Décor: When choosing decorations for your tree or home, focus on ornaments and decorations that will last. Reduce the need for disposable decorations that are thrown out and spend time with the family making decorations that can be cherished for years to come. Invest in proper storage to make sure that they do not break and are easy to find every holiday season. And for outdoor decorating, if you are including lights, ensure your lights are LED and are programmed with a timer to conserve energy.

Holiday Gift Giving: Consider giving gifts that require less packaging, wrapping or shipping. Giving gifts such as event tickets, restaurant vouchers, museum passes, or donations to not-for-profit groups such as BurlingtonGreen, are all great ways to show your appreciation this holiday season. Similarly, promise notes that can be redeemed for chores or making dinner are gifts that will keep giving long after the holiday season.

Holiday Gift Wrapping: There are so many ways to make each present special with crafty gift wrapping! Take advantage of BurlingtonGreen's eco-friendly gift wrapping service if shopping at MEC in December. Or, make customized reusable sacks for the whole family and place gifts in each person’s own gift sack to eliminate the need to individually wrap each present.

Reusing materials such as newspapers, paper bags or old maps can be a great project to bring together the family to wrap presents. (Did you know traditional gift wrap and gift bags are not accepted in Halton's blue bin program and must go in the garbage?)  For children, eliminate wrapping all together and create a treasure hunt, which can turn searching for gifts into more fun than ripping open a present. Gather materials and create your own special bags for the loved ones on your list, and they can be reused for years to come. 

For more great holiday eco-tips and food for thought check out the following links:

  • More waste reduction tips from the Take Action Burlington blog - here. (Based on Vancouer's "Create Memories, Not Garbage" campaign.)
  • Give the gift of green energy via a Bullfrog Power - here
  • Eco friendly holiday ideas - here.
  • Are the holidays too materialistic? - here.
  • Frugal fun eco-gifts - here
  • 8 Days of Sustainable Hanukkah Gifts - here
  • Multi-cultural winter holiday celebrations - here

Check out our Green Living info pages for ideas of how you can reduce your impact on the environment all year long.

Happy Holidays from BurlingtonGreen!

Category: News
End of year image 2019

This year Canadians experienced extreme weather, the loss of integral tree canopies and the shrinking of important green space. Here in Burlington, Ontario the effects of climate change are just as real, so much so that the city declared a CLIMATE EMERGENCY earlier this year. But there’s a feeling of excitement and hope, because of what we can accomplish together.  It’s thanks to you and your fellow BurlingtonGreen supporters this year we were able to make a tremendous impact in 2019!


We still need your support for a big year ahead. Your year-end gift will go towards increased advocacy to make sure there is a strong and consistent voice for the environment in the City of Burlington, continued climate actions including a citywide Clean Up, tree planting, waste diversion at events, and increased community awareness of local action on climate. The campaign runs until December 31st so there's lots of time to show your support.


Category: News

Stay up to date on local eco-events, programs and opportunities by signing up for our popular e-newsletter!  

BG Eco film graphic NovemberSupport Climate Action this Holiday Season! 
Now until December 31, 2019 

We need your support for a big year ahead! Help us reach our end of year fundraising goal and ensure we can continue to advocate, take action and increase awareness about climate change!


Celebrate the BGYN!

December 12th at 5pm
at Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington)  

Let's celebrate the amazing work that our wonderful BGYN have accomplished this year! Join us at the Art Gallery of Burlington for a hands-on workshop and quick meeting to discuss opportunities for 2020! Registration is required - RSVP by December 11th! 

Eco-Friendly Gift wrapping at MEC!

December 14/15 & 21/22, from 11am to 5pm
at MEC (1030 Brant Street)  

Give a gift with IMPACT that doesn't cost the earth. We are happy to partner with long-time supporter MEC again on this fun initiative. Get your purchases earth-friendly wrapped by the BG team and help the planet.

Advocacy in Action!

At BurlingtonGreen, we want YOU to have your say when it comes to important environmental issues in Burlington. We are always seeking support for a number of different advocacy initiatives, which is why we have created a  'one-stop' page for current calls to action.


                                               Some of the opportunities presented above are supported by:

OTF HORIZ colour transparent