According to the Environmental Protection Agency, American households produce 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, resulting in one million more tons per week to our landfills. Let that shocking statistic sink in. We’re all for spreading the holiday cheer through thoughtful gifts and hosting dinner parties, and with the right tips, you can sustainably celebrate the holidays this season by doing your part to eliminate waste. Below, we’re sharing nine ways to reduce unnecessary garbage and have a low-waste holiday.
-Use reusable wrapping paper: Wrap your gifts in a tote that your Secret Santa or giftee can reuse. You can also use materials you already have, like newspaper or magazine pages to cover your presents.
-Shop ethically and locally.
-Consider gifting vintage and secondhand items. Makes for a good excuse to visit your favorite vintage store to check out their holiday selection.
-Go green with your decorations. There’s nothing better than the scent of fresh cinnamon and pine to set the festive scene in your home. Additionally, store and reuse your holiday decor each year as Kourt does.
-Opt for DIY gifts with a homemade touch. Need a thought-starter? Our three-ingredient natural lip scrub makes for a useful and sustainable idea.
-Gift your time. If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend time with a family member or friend while you’re home for the holidays, consider volunteering at a local soup kitchen or charity.
-If you’re hosting a party, use reusable utensils and essentials. If you have to go the disposable route, you can always buy eco-friendly options like these bamboo plates and serving pieces.
-Gift Mother Nature. As part of our holiday VIP basket mailer, we planted a tree in honor of every recipient through TreePeople.
-Ask your giftee exactly what they want. Sure, you lose the luster of surprising someone with a present, but at least they will be receiving something they truly want or need instead of potentially gifting something that will just pile up in their room.
For more seasonal present ideas, head here for our 2019 holiday gift guide.