Did you know that Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of the year?! Did you also know that there are ways to avoid, or at least limit this waste production? This blog will help you learn how you can make your holiday season more friendly to our environment!
Use recycled materials to wrap your gifts
There are so many different ways you can get creative with your wrapping paper. You can turn to recyclable materials such as newspapers and magazines, brown paper bags from your favorite grocery stores or even the packing paper that comes inside your delivery boxes! Some people even turn to cloth for easy wrapping and easy recycling. Not only will this make your gifts stand out, but they’ll definitely give you a minimalist aesthetic that is so in style lately.
Try to limit how much plastic you use
The holiday events will probably be smaller than usual this year for certain reasons, ahem. But take advantage of that and use reusable china rather than plastic! This will make your table stand out and look nicer and it will help you reduce your waste. In fact, just stop using plastic china altogether and put those washing gloves to good use!
Decorate with natural materials
Decorating the house is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Festive lights, plants everywhere and ways to get creative with your decoration! Instead of buying the same decorations and banners every year, why not spice things up with natural materials. You can use dry cranberries, pine cones and even branches and leaves to decorate your home. Get creative and fun with it!
Send electronic Christmas cards
With all of the advancements in technology lately, there really is no use to send paper Christmas cards anymore. If you send electronic Christmas cards you have so many more options with how you want it to look! It can be a video, a graphic or even a set of pictures. All of the possibilities are at your fingertips with technology and the best part is you won’t have to spend money on printing and sending all of those letters!
Donate unwanted gifts to charity
Once the holiday season is said and done, you are most likely left with several presents that you simply don’t want to keep. Instead of shoving them in a box in your attic or throwing them away, consider giving them to charity or to someone in need. Although you may not want it, there are dozens of people who will find joy from it because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
What are some things you do to limit your waste?