Many customers are prioritizing the environment over prices this holiday season. American Express data shows that people are dedicated to spending more on “green” gifts. So how can we transform our existing buying habits into more environmentally friendly ones?

One approach is to stick to your neighborhood’s independent retailers. Author Sian Conway-Wood explains that this allows money to stay in the local economy. There’s no need to waste time chasing down different sources because many websites sell products from a range of independent companies with moral intentions. Another option is to buy pre-owned products. The popularity of promoting the reuse of objects like clothing and furniture to reduce pollution has resulted in new ways to shop for pre-loved products. When it comes to food, eat less. While turkey is the traditional Christmas dinner meat, there are worries about how soya is used as cattle feed. Soya has been linked to deforestation, and its vast majority is grown in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States, where its production poses a threat of deforestation. Making your own with seeds and grains will be enough.

It’s difficult to avoid overpreparing for Christmas, but the most sustainable approach is to buy fewer products. After all, the spirit of Christmas is about having quality time with family and friends, not about overspending.