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Dec 12.5

Tips for a waste-free holiday season

Posted In: Green >> Gifts

Being environmentally conscious is important all year, but being extra mindful around the holidays can save tons of waste from entering our landfills.

During the holidays, we throw away 25% more trash than at any other time of the year—it amounts to an additional one million tons of waste going to landfills every week (! The good news is that when you’re aware of the potential for more waste, then it’s easy to start eliminating it. The power to go green this season is in our hands!

Reusable Packaging

If you’re on the hunt for a pre-wrapped gift, find out if the packaging is reusable or choose gifts that come in hatboxes or tins. After the holidays, they make great storage containers for recipe cards, jewelry, ornaments or your favorite bath bombs and soaps!

Customer shopping for Lush knot-wrap

Unwrapped is (mostly) best

Consider giving a gift that doesn’t need any wrapping at all. A weekend getaway or tickets to a concert make it easy to create memories, not waste. To maintain the element of surprise, create a scavenger hunt that leads to gifts on Christmas morning! If you do need to wrap gifts, consider using recycled paper, maps, old magazines, Knot-Wraps or other reusable materials like baskets or tins so your recipient can reuse them again rather than throwing them out.

Greeting cards

If you choose to give greeting cards this year, consider making your own using recycled material or send digital cards and e-Gift Cards instead. And remember to recycle or reuse any paper cards that you receive.

Under the mistletoe gift card


Thousands of plastic bags end up in landfills, but you can help keep them out by bringing your own reusable bags when you’re out shopping for gifts. You can even use the tote or a Knot-Wrap to wrap your gift – two gifts in one!

Christmas trees

Every year, millions of Christmas trees are sold in North America. After the holidays, recycle your tree instead of sending it to landfill. Check with your local waste department to find out if they collect and mulch trees for use within nature. Alternatively, you could choose a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.

These are just a few of our ideas, but reducing waste isn’t just for the holidays. For more tips, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency.