Holidays Bring Extra Baggage
Food, gifts, fun and family: these are the things the holidays are known for.
But the resulting waste leaves its mark on the environment. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, the average American household
increases its trash output by 25 percent – that’s 5 million extra tons of garbage nationally, according to estimates.
Take the Green Team’s Sustainability Pledge and cut
your waste this season and beyond.
Holiday Green Tips
- Rather than toss your gift boxes and bags, consider storing them in a box in the attic and reusing them next year, or
even year-round if the colors are neutral.
- If you subscribe to the print version of a newspaper, use the newsprint as wrapping paper. Your kids could even paint
or color the pictures for a more personal touch. After the gift has been opened, place the used paper in the recycling bin.
- At parties, use the same cup/plate if you go back for refills/seconds.
- Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s completely full. One load less, if you can manage it, means less water wasted.
- Only buy food that you know your family will consume.
For more fun green gift wrapping ideas,
The Daily Green by Good Housekeeping.
Also, be sure to watch out for Recycle Mania in the coming months. More details coming soon!