The holiday season is finally here, and, hopefully, we’re all looking to join in the holiday cheer! However, getting involved in the holiday season can be very wasteful, especially year after year. The production and use of wrapping paper for gifts is a large source of paper waste at the end of the year, and most of it gets thrown in the trash rather than recycling. Also, many Christmas trees are cut down, and though many are grown specifically for this purpose, this is still wasteful when we cut down more trees than we replant globally. So, now, we will explore a few simple changes in your holiday season routine that can combine both your love for sustainability and holiday cheer!
❀ Gift- Wrapping ❀
A significant source of waste during the holiday season comes from gift giving. For many holidays, gifts tend to be wrapped in wrapping paper or paper bags with tissue paper, all of which gets thrown in the trash after it is ripped apart. But we don’t want to get rid of wrapping presents all together! In fact, I find that most of the fun in receiving or giving a gift can be just in the act of opening it!
So, let’s explore some ways to have more sustainably wrapped gifts this holiday season!
❀ Tree ❀
Also, you can make a "Wall Tree". These wall trees are made by arranging different materials, decorations, and lights on a wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Test your creativity this year by finding a way to sustainably make your tree. These wall trees have several benefits. First, one less tree has to be cut down! Second, you can save space in your home, which can be especially helpful for those living in small apartments. Third, this upcoming trend can add an indie vibe to your living space and give you the chance to fully customize your tree. Fourth, it can be far cheaper than purchasing a very expensive tree.
And, finally, it can be stored easily and reused year after year!