The holidays can be a time when we tend to create more waste than normal, with fancy wrapping paper that ends up just getting thrown into the garbage.
So there’s my first tip, finding ways to use items for wrapping that don’t end up in the landfill. Indigo sells a beautiful sac bag that comes in different sizes for under $10 that can be used again and again.
E-gift cards are a great item instead of using plastic cards. If you are like me I have a theme for my gift wrapping and I choose silver and gold papers, ribbons, tags, etc. Last year I saved all the ribbons, and rolled them up and this year I didn’t buy any ribbons because I had kept them all. If you take care of it well it can last quite some time. Or opt for basic brown wrapping paper that can be recycled or composted, add some household twine it can give a chic rustic look.
In the food department, just keep using recyclable bags, avoiding plastic. I use woven breathable sacs for all my produce, you can find them at the Dollarstore for under $2.
Buy in bulk, buy what you need, and if you have leftovers, please consider freezing anything rather than throwing food out. Recycle all bottles at the depots.
And finally, check your local thrift shops, Marketplace, and even ask a friend for items to borrow before purchasing depending on what it is. It is amazing what you can find. On my last trip to the Value Village, I found envelopes, notebooks for the kids to write in, and a box of unused Christmas cards all for a fraction of the price.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness