The holidays are filled with fantastic feasts, time with loved ones, and memorable moments that last a lifetime. However, according to research, household waste goes up more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year, adding shopping bags, leftover food, single-use wrapping paper, and unwanted gifts in landfills.
Learn how to celebrate holiday traditions while keeping the best for the environment in mind.
1. Tie up presents with reusable gift wrap like fabrics.
- You can even start a new tradition by keeping gift bags and wrapping paper from this year and reuse it next year!
2. Order early, consolidate purchasing and avoid shipping rushes.
- Rush shipments often go out without full loads which increases harmful emissions. Better yet, buy local or second-hand!
3. Light up your yard with solar-powered string lights.
4. Choose quality gifts over quantity.
- Ask around to see what the person would want to keep. It could be a simple gift certificate, charity donation, experience like rock climbing or concerts, or handmade gift.
5. Bring your own reusable tote when shopping.
6. Make your own holiday cards.
- While often made from paper, many greeting cards cannot be recycled. Make greeting cards by hand using recyclable materials or send a digital message instead!
7. Adjust your thermostat.
- Get cozy with some Christmas themed PJs and a snuggly blanket by the fire. Take this moment to slow down and be together with your family and pets. Finally, make sure to turn it off when you're out!
We wish that your holidays are green, merry and bright!