There’s nothing like the aftermath of Christmas morning when the only thing bigger than the stack of unwrapped gifts and the smile on your loved ones faces is the huge pile of Christmas wrapping paper,ribbon,bows, boxes and plastic packaging. Sound familiar? It should, its estimated that Americans dispose of three million tons of Christmas waste every holiday season. Fortunately there are several things that eco-friendly consumers can do to reduce the amount of trash they discard during the Christmas holiday and create a waste free Christmas morning.
How To Have A Waste Free Christmas Morning
The first step toward a waste free Christmas morning is to reduce the amount of trash discarded by your household.You can do this by purchasing gifts that have little or no commercial packaging, or whose manufacturer’s use packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable. You can also reduce the amount of trash from gift packaging by not over buying for those on your Christmas gift list. A well thought out present that the recipient will enjoy is always much better than a bunch of meaningless gifts that will most likely be discarded or sit unused.
The second step toward a waste free Christmas morning is to reuse items you have on hand. There’s no need to buy costly boxes to put your Christmas gifts in prior to wrapping. In the months leading up to the the Christmas season many of the items purchased for immediate use in the home come in boxes. These boxes can be reused to house Christmas gifts in and then recycled or stored to be ruse3d the following year.
The third step to a waste free Christmas morning is to upcycle old newspaper and brown paper bags into cute and festive Christmas gift wrap.Use cut sponge stamps or cookie cutters dipped in paint to make fun Christmas designs on brown paper that has been cut from old paper bags,When using newspaper to wrap gifts get creative and match the newspaper section to what you are wrapping. For instance a DVD could be wrapped in the movie section of the paper,a tie in the employment section, car accessories in the cars for sale section and children’s toys in the comic section of the Sunday paper.
The fourth step on your way to eliminating waste on Christmas morning is to re-purpose items you already have on hand. Scraps of fabric or old silk scarves look great when used to wrap gifts in. To make eco-friendly name tags for your gifts cut the front off of old Christmas card and write who the gifts to and from on the back. If the back of your card has writing on it simply glue as crap of paper over the writing to reuse. In addition old baskets and flowerpots can be re-purposed into great containers for a group of similar gifts
The fifth and one of the most important steps toward a waste free Christmas is to recycle whenever possible.Separate cardboard,paper and plastic packaging and recycle according to your cities recycling program rules. In addition if you use areal cut Christmas tree take advantage of your cities free Christmas tree recycling program if its available. All you have to do is drag your tree out to the curb once you are finished with it. The city will come by and pick up your tree,grind it up and use it as mulch in city parks.
Having a waste free Christmas this year isn’t hard to do and only requires a few simple changes to your holiday habits.Give it a try this year. You and the Earth will be glad you did.
Have Yourself A Green Little Christmas!