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!
Thanksgiving is this week, and besides food and family time that means...Black Friday is upon us. While many see Black Friday as a yearly post-Thanksgiving tradition, the day of shopping mania has massive downsides for people & the environment.
Why we should skip Black Friday:
- 744 million holiday cards
- 8,000 tons of wrapping paper
...and most of it is not reused.
What You Can Do Instead:
And if for whatever reason you absolutely MUST go Black Friday shopping:
Happy Thanksgiving, and happy DIYing, thrifting, and swapping!
P.S. Check out this video about the cost that online shopping & two-day shipping has on the environment:
Join E3's for its first Dirty Hippie Party of the quarter, November 4th!
The 10p.m.-1a.m. theme is Recycled Halloween so, re-wear your Halloween costume. ♡
Rumor has it someone will be dressed like a carrot!
We will have treats (and maybe some tricks), including our signature "Dirty Hippie Drink" along with other drinks and snacks.
Be sure to B.Y.O.C. (bring your own cup) to reduce waste!
Location: 10980 Strathmore Drive Apt #2 (upstairs)
Time: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ask for Emma! ❀
Looking for easy, last minute costumes? Look no further! E3 has you covered for all your wholesome Halloween costume needs. Use what you already own, borrow from your roommates, check out your local thrift stores, and DIY your way to these easy, eco-friendly costumes!
+ Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill offer used Halloween costumes for cheaper, and Buffalo Exchange also buys used Halloween costumes, plus their Instagram (@buffaloexchange) is currently doing a theme of thrifted DIY costumes modeled by their employees all around the country.
Happy Halloween everyone!