Ideas to reduce holiday waste includes re-gifting that fruit cake you get from your great aunt every year; no one eats it anyway.
Reuse – Reduce – Recyle
Here in Fernandina Beach we were recently give those huge green recycling bins. So many more items are now permitted to go into these bins and our family has taken it as a challenge to try to fill it each and every week. For more information about what you can currently recycle in Fernandina, take a look at THIS ARTICLE we published back in September.
Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away.
Here are some other ways to reduce waste this year:
- -Bring your own canvas shopping bags for your purchases and tell the cashier, “No, thank you,” to their , “Paper or plastic?” question.
-Re-gift the annual fruit cake… no one eats it anyway.
-Use comic paper, or wrapping paper you have on hand rather than purchasing new paper. Plan to re-use this year’s large pieces of wrapping paper for next year’s smaller gifts.
-Re-use those boxes and bows. We have had a huge box from Marshall’s that has been in the family for years. Now, it has become a running joke to see who will receive their gift in the Marshall’s box.
-Unplug your tree during the day, especially if no one is at home to enjoy it’s beauty.
-Send e-cards instead of Christmas Cards, Yes, it is tacky, but everyone is doing it… it’s the way of the future.
-If e-cards just won’t do, save the cards each year and tear off the front. You can use those beautiful cards again, or at least purchase cards made from recycled materials.
-When you choose to dispose of the cards you received, put them in the recycling bin.
-When purchasing gifts, look at the label and see if it is made in the U.S.A.?
-Still using an old fashioned camera that requires film and a trip to the local drug store? Consider this novel idea: buy an inexpensive digital camera to savor and share those holiday moments quicker, easier and by using fewer resources.
-Put your holiday lights on timers. We have a remote control for all of the light on our house which is extrememly convenient.
-One great gift is more appreciated than lots of little gifts no one wants.
-Have an oversized gift to wrap? My family won’t wrap it. Instead, we will send you on a treasure hunt with rhyming clues stashed in fun places around the house.
-Give an experience as a gift. Music or vocal lessons, museum tickets, theatre tickets, a horse and buggy ride, tickets to the Trolley’s ghost tour, or a gym membership (be careful who you give that one to. LOL).
-All of those holiday cookie tins? Why not use them as gift boxes this year?
-Shop the local farmer’s market in Fernandina Beach for products to include in your holiday meal. It is estimated the incgrediants for the average American meal may trave as far as 1,200 miles by the time it hits your table.
After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. I remember when the local Boy Scouts used to pick up the trees and place them at the beaches to help renourish the sand dunes.
I have a friend who has a killer “Christmas Tree Burning Party!” (Of course, if you have ever seen how fast one of those post holiday trees will burn, you may reconsider having ever put one inside of your home.)
As you can see there are plenty of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle this holiday season… it just take a bit of creative thinking!