Reduce, Reuse, Recycle This Holiday Season

There are a lot of different ways that we create waste during the holidays. From food to energy to just paper waste, there are a lot of ways that we can keep the holiday season from overwhelming our trashcans and landfills.

One of the saddest things that I see during the holidays (mainly because I love food) is people dumping so much good food that they cooked and slaved over just straight into the trash can. There are so many better ways to deal with the leftovers!

If nothing else, eat leftovers! And if you’re a family that doesn’t eat leftovers, then plan ahead and do as much as you can to get a closer estimate of what your family and your guests are going to be eating. And if you have leftovers – give people leftovers themselves! In tupperware, of course, so as not to waste plastic storage bags.

But one of the biggest offenders during the holiday seaon is one that we all knew and loved as children – wrapping paper! It’s actually estimated that a full half of the paper that America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. Which is ridiculous.

recycling boxesThere are a lot of different alternatives to wrapping paper that can save you from overflowing your rubbermaid recycle bins.

  • Wrap the gift in another gift; something like a scarf or a reusable tin or wooden box.
  • Use old maps or newspapers to wrap the presents, especially for those who have wanderlust!
  • Use fabric or home-sewn scraps of fabric to cover the present
  • Box it with a separately wrapped top and bottom and encourage the recipient to re-use
  • If you’re giving someone your favorite recipe, layer the dry ingredients in a Mason jar and attach the recipe with ribbon

There are a lot of ways to reduce your use of wrapping paper this holiday season – do you have any ideas?

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