The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year! With gift shopping, holiday parties, and more we often forget how wasteful we can become this time of the year. Well, we’ve got you covered on tips and tricks for how to keep your holiday season eco-friendly and sustainable.
Tip #1: Check your wrapping paper
Bet you didn’t know that not all wrapping paper is recyclable. If wrapping paper is metallic, has glitter on it, or has a texture to it, it is not recyclable. A common mistake many people make is stuffing their recycling bins with wrapping paper, tissue, ribbons, and more. When in fact, the laminated paper is not recyclable and including it with your other paper products can make the whole bin unrecyclable! So when choosing a wrapping paper, make sure to purchase unlaminated or pre-recycled paper; they are great candidates for the recycle bin. Or try a paper-free solution and opt for a fabric bag that you can reuse every year!
Pro tip: Crush a small piece of the paper into a ball. If it stays bunched up, then it is most likely recyclable.
Tip #2: Ditch the plastic dish-ware
With the holidays comes holiday parties, of course. Instead of going for disposable plastic utensils and plates, consider a party rental service for all your dishware needs. You can rent plates, utensils, glassware, and much more based on your party size. When you are all done, just return it! No need to hoard boxes of dishware just for that one special occasion anymore and say goodbye to taking out multiple bags of trash!
Tip #3: Make the gift meaningful
Gift-giving is a great opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint this season. DIY or handmade gifts help both our wallets and the environment. Get creative and repurpose materials around the house or office to create a meaningful and personal gift for your loved ones.
Another eco-friendly gift option to try would be experiential gifts! Gifts don’t always have to be items. Give a gift that can be enjoyed by many like concert tickets, sports game tickets, or maybe a weekend vacation. More quality time and even better, less waste!
Tip #4: Shop locally
Whether it’s for gifts or produce, shopping local flea markets and farmers markets support small business owners as well as reduced our consumption. By shopping for gifts locally you cut back on packaging and production waste that most big companies contribute to. Also, filling your holiday feast with sustainably grown meats and produce means doing your part for the community and the planet.
Give a gift to Mother Earth by implementing sustainable practices this holiday season, truly a gift that will keep on giving.