Recycling Tips for a Greener Holiday!
An Eco-friendly Holiday!
Holiday is just around the corner and with all the shopping and gift-giving and merry making keep in mind that we always have the option to be eco-friendly. In fact, how about we pledge to make this Holiday a greener one and make a conscious effort to lighten the burden to the environment by considering these simple recycling tips.
Holiday Recycling Tips:
Always remember to check product labels to learn of the item's recyclability or whether it is made from recycled materials or from upcycling. Whenever we buy recycled items, it encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products. If you are the creative type, you can also consider making diy projects using scrap materials.
You can also opt for ethical products like the fair trade products by artisans from all over the world. These products are made from recycling, upcycling or from materials that are already available – they basically follow principles that protect the environment in their production. By supporting fair trade products, you are ensuring that the environment is protected as well as the people who are working behind it for a more sustainable development.
Here are some gift ideas for your holiday shopping.
You’d be surprised at the volume of gift wrappers we’re consuming during this season. You can remedy that and help the environment by reusing gift wrapping papers or gif bags from last year instead of buying new ones. Again, with a little creativity, you can also make your own from reused brown paper bags, newspaper, catalog or magazine pages. Always opt for the recycled-content Holiday wrapping paper if you can’t help but buy new ones.
Here’s an idea, have your own ‘create-your-own-decorations’ party! Invite your family and friends over and together you can all create and use your very own holiday decorations (ideally of course with scrap or recycled materials). You can make ornaments made from old greeting cards, or potpourri made from kitchen spices such as cinnamon and cloves or garlands made from strung popcorn or cranberries. You can take it as a challenge to come up with Christmas decors that are unique and eco-friendly at the same time.
Consider having a potted tree instead of cutting down live trees, by doing so you can help lessen the waste and disposal problems after the Holidays. In fact you can even plant it afterwards. If ever you eventually decide to get a live Christmas tree, remember that the Department of Public Works will pick them up for proper disposal after the Holidays so simply place the tree at the curb
Recycling for an Eco-friendly Holiday
We can all have a greener Holiday by keeping ‘recycling’ in mind – you can start from the simple tips above and you can come up with your own as you go along. Being eco-friendly and being green is a process and this can be a good start.
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