Top 4 Tips for Zero Waste Gifts
- Time with you
- A night out at a movie or a restaurant
- A trip or outdoor adventure: kayaking, hiking, indoor/outdoor climbling, camping, rafting, going to the ocean, a ski/snowboard pass, lessons for a sport or activity that your child enjoys and whatever else you can dream up.
- Music lessons, painting, or a class at a community college
- Tickets to a local event or travel somewhere to a museum, exhibit, event, fair, etc.
- Jams, pickles, mamalade, maple syrup
- Cookies, cakes, granola, pecan bars
- Balm, candles
- Bulk olives, pickled vegetables, candies, nuts, chocolates, and more
- Gently used clothing, toys, furniture, appliances, a unique mug or bowl
- Childcare for someone with little ones
- Cleaning the house
- Manual labor, garden work, house maintenance or projects
- Kids exchanging chores
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Wrap it in meaning, not future trash.
We like wrapping paper, it's aesethically expressive and sometimes an extension of the gift or of the sentiment behind it. Yet, it's discouraging to think that something used for such a short time as gift wrap, that once its ripped off the present, it's sent to a landfill to sit forever. Short useful lifespan only to be a wasted resource in the landfill? Where's the fun in that?
Bows, tinsel, ribbons--these can be saved and reused for a few years until they fall apart and become trash.
Styrofoam (often packaging for large electronics)
Recycling or Reuse:
Wrapping paper, cardboard (including tubes from paper), boxboard, tissue paper
Hemp or other natural twine, shredded newspaper, office paper, or brown paper bags
Reusable or Recyclable Wrapping:
Reusable or recyclable wrapping paper is easy!
Decorations and 5 ways to Go Green this Holiday Season
Zero Waste Decorations
Instead of plastic or tinsel to decorate your home for the holidays and end up in the landfill or taking up space on a shelf in your home, use natural decorations.
Use materials that can rot or be recycled.
Tips for Going Green This Holiday
1. Use reusable bags when shopping for food, decorations, gifts, or anything. Keep them visible in your car or in the purse you carry so you don't forget them when you shop.
2. For parties, meals and gatherings, use reusable utensils and dishes. Give guests leftovers or save them for lunch the next day. Compost what you don't eat or look for a food scrap drop-off site near you.
3. Buy local when shopping for gifts this season. Support your downtown businesses!
4. Use or purchase LED lights. LEDs use 80% less electricity than incandensent bulbs.
5. Worldwide, more than 15 billion batteries are produced and sold each year. Buy rechargable batteries instead of single use. Both can be recycled at the end of life, but the rechargables last a lot longer.
What Happens to your Tree after Christmas?
**Don't forget to remove all tinsel, ornaments, and non-organic materials from the tree before dropping it off.