1. Make your own wrapping paper
Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable and ends up in landfills. Instead, here’s a great chance to get creative! Wrap presents with old maps, the comics section ofa newspaper, or children’s artwork. Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item. If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
2. Recycle your Christmas Tree
Ninety-eight percent of Christmas trees were grown on farms, not in forests, so at least it’s not as if you’re cutting down an ancient tree. Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can recycle your tree: many cities offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips.
3. Reduce Store-bought Items
Reduce the amount of store bought items you give out this year and reduce the amount of packaging waste by: giving gift certificates, favours, nights on the town, re-gifting, making homemade gifts, and donations in a friend or family member’s name.
4. Eco-friendly Gifts
Inhabitat’s Green Gift Guide offers over two hundred green gift ideas for every recipient on your list. Giving friends and loved ones responsibly crafted, sustainably designed presents will help perpetuate green living.
Donate all unwanted gifts to charitable organizations and non-perishable food items to food banks.