From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by 25%, so here are tips to make this the most wonderful—not wasteful—time of the year.
- Use reusable bags when grocery shopping
- Give a gift of charity/donation rather than a material item
- Give a gift of an experience (show tickets, massage….)
- Shop local businesses to avoid the extra energy, packaging, and shipping cost that goes into ordering online from a large retailer.
- Consider an E-Christmas card
- Use LED/Solar/energy efficient lights to decorate outdoors
- Don’t leave Christmas tree lights on all day – use a timer
- Use sustainable/recyclable gift wrap – butcher paper and twine!
- Recycle ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper or use treasures from nature to decorate your holiday packages
- Reuse shipping boxes
- Buy rechargeable batteries for gifts that require batteries
- Avoid using disposable plates/utensils at holiday gatherings
- Show party guests where your recycle bin is for beverage cans, etc…
- Donate your leftovers to a homeless shelter
- Burn clean beeswax or soy candles
And after it’s all over, be sure to put your tree out for pick up for coastal restoration reuse!