Updated: Feb 1
We love the holiday season as an opportunity to meet with loved ones and dear friends. Itʻs definitely a season where we outwardly show our love and gratitude to those around us through generosity and thoughtfulness. This time is always spent doing fun holiday activities, like cookie making, gingerbread house building, wrapping presents, holiday sweaters, and the works!
But what is all this thoughtfulness and generosity really costing our planet? Have we really stopped to think about how much waste these celebrations produce? From the gift wrap to cheesy holiday decor, most of these holiday items are only one-time use and non-recyclable. This contributes to the 108 million tons of trash produced during the holiday season.
Here are 7 ways to combat all this waste and have a more sustainable holiday season:
Gift experiences. While material gifts are great, giving an experience is a good option to reduce waste and can enrich a loved one's life. There are so many experience options from annual passes to a zoo, nerf gun battles, paint parties, or cooking class. Guaranteed fun will be had by giving an experience.