7 Holiday Recycling Tips for a Greener Christmas
Christmas is almost here and there’s no stopping it that’s for sure! BUT there’s something we could do to make sure that Christmas doesn’t burden the environment. Yep, it’s not all about merry making and eggnogs and presents! We have to make a conscious effort to reduce the environmental impact of the Holidays…even in our own little ways.
Here are 7 Holiday recycling tips for a greener Christmas:
#1 Gift Wrappers
You can save and help the environment by reusing gift wrapping papers from last year. You can also make your own - reused brown paper bags, newspaper, catalog or magazine pages. If you really have to buy new ones, opt for the recycled-content Holiday wrapping paper.
#2 Buying Gifts
Keep in mind to check product labels to determine an item's recyclability and or whether it is made from recycled materials. Buying recycled items when shopping for the Holidays encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products.
#3 Christmas tree
To help in preventing waste from cutting down and disposing of live trees, you can opt to buy a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.
If you eventually choose to have live Christmas trees, keep in mind that these are picked up every year by the Department of Public Works during the month of January to dispose it properly, simply place trees at the curb.
#4 Sending Cards
Try e-cards or look for greeting cards made from recycled content, the more post-consumer content the card is, the better.
Remember to recycle any paper cards you receive in previous years, you can use them for gift tags for instance.
#5 Christmas Décor
Have a create-your-own-decorations party! You can have family and friends over to create and use holiday decorations. Here are a few ideas: you can make ornaments made from old greeting cards or cookie dough, potpourri made from kitchen spices such as cinnamon and cloves or garlands made from strung popcorn or cranberries.
#6 Shopping Bags
Reduce the number of paper and plastic shopping bags that end up in landfills every year by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. You can also refrain from bagging small or oversized purchases.
#7 Rechargeable Batteries
Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holidays? So, buy rechargeable batteries instead to accompany your electronic gifts. Rechargeable batteries can ultimately save you money and reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away.
‘Got Holiday recycling tips you would like to share? I would LOVE to hear your ideas as well. Feel free to share more recycling tips on the comments below!
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