Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, Americans take an additional 25% of waste to the curb. That amounts to over 25 million tons of trash for the holiday season. So what can you do?
10 ways to trim your waste-line in 2009
These tips (with a few of my own) come from RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle.
1. Bring your own shopping bag for every shopping excursion, not just the grocery store. I’ve been using the canvas bags I get as freebies at blogging conferences. I make sure to keep them in my trunk along with my coupons.
2. Send e-cards instead of paper cards. Or least make sure your paper cards are made from recycled content. Scour the after-holiday sales to stock up on recycled cards now or buy them through St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.
This year I printed my holiday enewsletter on one sheet of paper. Then I folded it closed (tri-fold) and used some small printing labels I had left over from another project to tape shut. I put my mailing labels on the outside along with the stamp, eliminating the need for an envelope. Next year I plan to use recycled paper.
3. Avoid gift wrap that is not recyclable (metallic) or not made from recycled content. After the holiday season is a great time to stock up on wrapping paper, since it’ll be on sale. The comics’ pages makes great wrap for kids and last years cards can become collage wrap for any box. Or you can put non-metallic greeting cards in the recycling bin or send them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to be made into new cards.