When Christmas morning arrives, there are squeals of delight from children who can’t wait to rip open every single gift that has been so eloquently wrapped and placed under the holiday tree. After all of the excitement begins to wind down, there is usually a mountain of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows that are left over and on their way to be stuffed into garbage bags; then off to a landfill. There are numerous ways to eliminate this unnecessary trash and enjoy a waste-free Christmas morning.
Below are various eco-friendly ideas you can use when preparing for a green Christmas.
Reuse Gift Bags and Boxes
Throughout the year, begin to save gift bags, gift boxes, ribbon and tissue paper from other gifts that you may receive from other holidays or special occasions. Have a plastic tub that you dedicate for this sole purpose. When Christmas arrives, you should have accumulated a nice collection of wrapping items. After they have been used at Christmas, place them back in the tub for future use or recycle them.
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
The article, DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas contains some terrific do-it-yourself ideas on making your own wrapping paper. By using your child’s artwork and newspaper to wrap gifts; you can easily reduce the amount of paper waste on Christmas morning. Recycle the newspaper afterwards and you can even transform your child’s leftover artwork into hand made cards for upcoming holidays. Simply cut the artwork up into different sized squares and place the pieces in a container for safe keeping.
Don’t Wrap Everything
If you are buying items that need to be assembled or come in large boxes, don’t wrap them. Assemble everything beforehand and have them sitting alongside of the holiday tree. You can attach a handmade tag to the item with the recipient’s name. If you prefer to leave the gift in its original box, add a bow or ribbon and a handmade tag.
Pass on Store Bought Cards
Along with wrapping paper waste, a portion of Christmas morning trash is from unnecessary holiday cards. Make your own holiday cards; it is simple and more thoughtful than purchasing one from the store. It doesn’t take a crafting pro to create a festive card. Making cards is also a fun activity for children to participate in as well.
Here are some links to handmade card tutorials along with other eco-friendly ways to celebrate Christmas:
DIY Retro Christmas Cards
Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Children
DIY Hanukkah Cards for Kids