4 Ways To Reduce Waste This Holiday Season!
Happy Holidays From MagicQuote! We wanted to share some eco-friendly tips that we’ve found for your holiday season!
1. Recycle wrapping paper
Whether you’ve kept last year’s wrapping to reuse or you’re going to use easily recycled brown parcel paper, just make sure that you can recycle gift wrap. Consider other reusable options such as wrapping gifts in fabric or scarves to add to the gift and make it entirely eco-friendly.
2. Give less, give better
It’s easy to get carried away when the holidays are getting closer. The best way to curb overspending is to make a list (check it twice) and stick to it! Don’t be lulled into buying extra gifts because of offers such as buy one get one free.
With kids, you could consider the rule of something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read to keep the gift pile from getting out of hand.
3. Get crafty
Gifts don’t have to be bought from a shop. Consider upcycling second-hand items or things you already have around the home. Creating homemade beauty products and putting them in mason jars with a beautiful bow is a great way to create an affordable, luxurious gift that skips out the throwaway packaging.
4. Don’t fill the fridge
It’s important that guests don’t go hungry, but the days when the shops were closed for the whole holidays have long gone. Filling the fridge and cupboards to bursting will undoubtedly lead to waste. Consider what you really need, write a list and stick to it. Don’t buy every bargain going and don’t buy lots of extras that will sit in the back of the cupboard until next year.
Research delicious recipes to make with those Christmas leftovers – there is more to do with the leftover turkey than simply make sandwiches!
What can be recycled this Christmas?
Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, cards, and packaging – festive celebrations create a lot of rubbish and here we have a guide to what you can and can’t recycle after the party is over.
Here is a list of the things you can and can’t put in the recycling bin.
Can be recycled:
- Christmas cards and envelopes
- Wrapping paper and cardboard packaging
- Empty bottles
- Plastic containers
Can’t be recycled:
- Soft plastics
- Christmas lights
- Leftover food
- Cellophane wrapping
- Christmas trees
- Broken crockery