The holidays bring us many wonderful things. Families gather together, extra cheer is shared with neighbors and strangers alike, and we get to celebrate the traditions we love.
Unfortunately, the holidays also bring extra waste. With the current condition of our planet, it is more important than ever to learn how to celebrate our traditions while still being mindful of Mother Earth. We have put together ideas to reduce your waste this season from eco-friendly gift wrapping to sustainably conscious products to purchase.
Gift Wrapping Waste
According to Stanford, the United States throws away 25% more trash during the holiday season. This equates to 25 million tons of garbage. If every family in America would simply wrap 3 less presents enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields would be saved. Unfortunately, the US produces more waste per capita than any other country and our holiday blow out is part of the reason.
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Tips
Although the waste statistics are staggering, every little change you make will have a big impact on reducing holiday waste. Just because you are giving up the waste doesn’t mean you have to give up the tradition of unwrapping gifts this season. Below are some sustainability suggestions for holiday wrapping.
Stop Buying Wrapping Paper
We know it is difficult to pass up the cheerful snowman and shiny prints of the holiday season. However not buying wrapping paper will be a huge step in reducing your holiday waste.
Instead, save the Sunday comics and colorful magazines. You can use these fun alternatives for a burst of color under the tree. Old maps are another great option for larger gifts.
Another way to cut out new paper is by using your old paper shopping bags. Cut along the seams for a big sheet of paper. Then you can even draw on the paper your own cheerful holiday design.
Use whatever paper you have left over from last year and then save it to use again next year.
Skip the Shimmer
If you do decide to buy cards or wrapping paper this year, avoid the glossy, foiled, or shiny kind. These coatings cannot be recycled and thus end up in a landfill. Even better is to purchase a paper that is made from recycled goods. Support companies like Wrappily who make festive yet eco-friendly wrapping paper.
Lots of old items can be used to wrap your gifts. Old pillow cases make great bags once synched up with a colorful bow. Of course to make a bow don’t buy new ribbon! Try using cloth instead or even rope – both of which can be saved for another project or next holiday season.
Decorative tins, jars, and baskets are other great options to skip the wrapping paper.
Ready to take your sustainability up a notch past recycled wrapping ideas? Shifting the types of gifts we give and consciousness in purchasing can greatly help in making the holidays more sustainable. Here is where you can start:
Purchase Free Ideas
Does your niece really need another doll or would she love a coupon for a date with just the two or you to the park?
Instead of buying more products give the gift of quality time. Here are some other great gifts that you don’t need to buy:
Cooked, jarred, and baked goods
Plant a tree
Although way to further reduce your footprint this holiday season is by consciously choosing products by companies who are working towards sustainability.
Here at Mana Botanics we are doing our part so you can feel confident buying from us isn’t contributing to excess waste. As a company we are dedicated to the health and wellness of our customers while being sustainable to the planet. Here is how we are reducing our footprint:
100% Recycled Packaging: Your order will be shipped in biodegradable and recycled packaging.
Plastic Negative: For every product you purchase you remove 1 lb of nature bound plastic from the waste stream.
Support Regenerative Farming: Regenerative farms are far more sustainable for the planet. You support local family farms implementing regenerative methods with each purchase you make.
Extra Tips For Waste Reduction
Ask your friends and family to bring over their own leftover containers so you don’t have to use single serving plastic nor give away your own food storage containers.
Ask your local food bank what they accept. Many will take leftover fruits, vegetables, and other uncooked foods. Donating over purchased ingredients will help reduce food waste.
Dust of grandma’s china and stop using paper plates and plastic cutlery. It may be more convenient for you but the planet pays the price.