Tips for an Earth Friendly Holiday Season
Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!
If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
Statistics found at www.use-less-stuff.com. Visit this website and use the checklist to reduce your waste this holiday season.
Shopping for presents can be the most stressful part of the season. Figuring out what to buy for the person who has everything, or doesn’t like anything, can actually be easier if you think environmentally.
A refillable Thermos bottle for coffee or a plastic container for juice, a back-yard recycling kit, or linen napkins.
Instead of cashing in on the latest fad, look for gifts that are durable, re-usable or energy-efficient.
Prepare homemade gifts, cookies, breads or jams.
Candles, a potted plant or tickets to the theater or a concert are all gifts that do not create a lot of waste.
Make something my hand, maybe put together a photo album.
Shop with a friend to reduce wasteful driving and it’s more fun.
Take along your own reusable bags
Use pages from magazines for smaller presents. For larger ones try newspapers, children’s artwork, old street maps or posters.
Decorate brown paper sacks for a personal touch.
Purchase and re-use holiday-themed gift bags.
For especially large gifts, avoid wrapping altogether and have a series of clues lead to the present in a closet, car trunk or under a bed.
For recycling opportunities, call Brenda Kennedy at Region D Recycling & Waste Management District at 816-393-5250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check our website at www.regiondrecycling.com.