Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, Americans take an additional 25% of waste to the curb. That amounts to over 25 million tons of trash for the holiday season.
If every family reused just 2 ft. of ribbon from holidays past, that would save 38,000 miles of ribbon—enough to literally tie a big bow around the entire planet.
2.7 million Holiday cards are sent across the country each year—that’s enough to fill an entire football field 10 stories high!
So, what to do?
Fill your recycling cart with:
Corrugated cardboard boxes (flatten it out to fit more!)
Newspapers filled and all of those advertising inserts
Wrapping paper (non-metallic only)
Non-metallic greeting cards
How to Trim Your Waste-Line This Holiday Season;
BYOB- Bring Your Own (shopping) Bag for every shopping excursion—make this a habit all year long.
Send e-cards instead of paper cards (or at least make sure your paper cards are made from recycled content).
Avoid gift wrap that is not recyclable (metallic) or not made from recycled content—or, be inventive and crafty - just decorate the box. The comics’ pages makes great wrap for kids and last years cards can become collage wrap for any box. We like to save all those paintings an craft projects that the kids do throughout the years and re-use them as wrapping paper!
Shipping a gift? Use Pop Corn (the real kind, popped and no butter) to protect fragile items, and then have your gift recipient feed the birds.
If you get a gift with those dreaded Styrofoam peanuts that will live longer than cockroaches, donate them to your local UPS or packaging store
Lots of gifts have bells and whistles! Include rechargeable batteries and a charger to get your loved one off to a greener start.
Trees, wreathes, all can be composted —and will end up as community mulch when taken care of properly. But better that that, buy your tree ‘roots and all’. Transplant that beauty after the last slice of fruit cake leaves the house.
Don’t know what to get someone? Plant a tree in their honor!
Consider gifts that aren’t material -like a massage, sporting event, babysitting, dog walking or tickets to the museum, this is also a clever (and personal) way to save money this year!
Think about the packaging! If you can’t recycle it, buy something else instead! That will send a clear message to manufacturers all over.
Holiday lights all a tangle? HolidayLEDs.com will accept your old incandescent Christmas lights, which will then be recycled. Be sure to ask neighbors and friends if they want to recycle their lights as well. You can reduce waste and shipping costs by sending all lights in one package.
Did you get some great new things? Appliances, clothes, gadgets, cookware? Well, chances are great that you have some ‘less new things’ that would make a lot of people pretty happy. Donate them to your favorite charity or non-profit. You know -pay it forward!