How Green are you during the Holidays?
This time of year I always realize how truly ”green” my Father-in-law is - and he comes by it honestly. It is just how he is. Funny thing is if more of us did what he did we would waste a lot less. Every year part of the joy of opening his Christmas present to see what it is wrapped in. He packages gifts in everything from the laundry detergent box to last nights Hamburger Helper. Usually we all look for finding the perfect box to wrap our present in, while he just uses what would end of as trash (or hopefully recycled). It is a great way to reuse something. And he has been know more then once to wrap up a gift with yesterdays Funnies from the paper.
The pretty packages and bows are nice, but is it really worth all of the waste? I see people buying brand new gift bags every year and throwing out the previous years. That picture there is my gift bag of gift bags. I save each bag from each year (and I have a whole other gift bag of gift bags for any other occasion as well). I don’t use tissue paper either. I just tape the bag shut. Although I did save some tissue paper from the trash so I have a bit to use. I do wrap some presents, but almost all of my wrapping paper I have acquired. Foreclosed homes - you would be amazed how many people leave behind wrapping paper. My neighbor had a bunch when they auctioned her house so I got some from there. I can count on one hand the number of rolls of wrapping paper I have bought in my life. But saving it from the trash and using it counts as being green in my book!
Through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, just step back for a minute and think? What is just one thing I can do to create less waste. Even if it is just saving your gift bags this year to reuse next year.