Let’s face it, the holidays are a time when we create a lot of trash, and most of it destined for a landfill where it will take centuries to decompose, all the while leaching toxins into our environment. But how much of our holiday trash actually has to be thrown away? Following are a few tips to make your holidays more eco-friendly!
1) Have you bought your gift wrap yet this year? If you haven’t already, then it’s going to be easy for you to be eco-friendly this year. When you go out to buy your wrapping paper so you can wrap all your holiday presents, buy wrapping paper made from recycled material. You can even make your own eco-friendly wrapping paper by using brown Kraft paper that you can decorate!
2) Don’t just throw away you Christmas tree! Many communities recycle Christmas trees - chipping and mulching them for compost or landscaping materials. Many coastal communities use old Christmas trees to present beach erosion. Check with your town to see if a tree recycling program exists in your neighborhood. If not, you can still recycle your tree: use the trunk for firewood or kindling and use the branches as mulch under acid-loving bushes and shrubs, such as rhododendrons or evergreens.
3) Send your guests home from holiday dinners and parties with a reusable tote bag and some leftovers or share them with your neighbors. Many times there is a shut-in who could use a meal. Ask your church or temple. You should also compost your kitchen food scraps. Remember compost fruit and vegetable wastes only, not meat or grease.
We at Plus Packaging wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season!