EUGENE, Ore. – Americans will throw out 38,000 miles of ribbon this holiday season – enough to wrap around the planet. But there are simple ways you can cut down on waste.
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans generate 25% more waste than any other time of the year. We’ll toss $11 billion worth of packing material and 15 million used Christmas trees.
There are ways to make the holidays more memorable and less wasteful.
First, get together with friends and family to make gifts. Things like soup mixes, hot chocolate kits or personal care products.
Instead of a tree, bring a potted tree or evergreen boughs inside. Decorate with compostable items like popcorn, cranberries or pinecones.
You can decorate cereal or shoe boxes to wrap gifts in. Instead of using wrapping paper, use comics, maps, calendars, posters or fabric.