6 Quick Tips to Help Reduce That Holiday Waste

The bustle of the holidays is over.  So now what?  With households generating an additional 25% in waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, that another 6 million tons of trash.  Here are a few quick tips to help reduce your excess waste and impact on the planet.

  • Recycle all corrugated boxes and chipboard.  If a box is brown on the inside your local municipality  may accept it.  Just remember to remove any plastic and wires.
  • Keep and reuse any gift bags and boxes for next year. If possible, do the same for any wrapping paper.
  • Recycle Christmas cards (except for photos) or tear off the front of the cards and send to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.  They will in turn create and sell new cards with proceeds going back to the hospital. You can also reuse the front of the cards as gift tags or other decorations.
  • Keep photo cards to enjoy for future holidays.  Punch a hole in the corner and put on a key ring or any larger metal ring for easy storage and review.
  • Donate your Christmas tree to your local zoo. Our local center will place in the exhibits and hide treats in the branches for the animals.
  • Plan ahead for next year.  Consider buying gift bags to include cloth that can be reused and wrapping paper made from recycled materials and earth-friendly ink. Forgo the bag of bows and use fabric ribbon that can also be reused.

What other ideas do you have to share.  Leave a comment below!

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1 Green Age December 31, 2009 at 5:26 am

Some great ideas there! Using gift bags is an excellent alternative to wrapping paper. Seeing the huge piles of it at friends houses really irritates me because it is such a waste of paper (not to mention money).

I would also suggest buying a xmas decoration collection you can reuse year after year. Again, I know a few people who buy decorations every christmas, what a waste!

Alternative festive lighting would be another tip. Using either less xmas lights or low energy alternatives. Led lighting is an expensive option to start with but will pay for itself after a few years of use because of the low power consumption compared to halogen.

🙂 Rob@The Green Age

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