Holiday Waste

Graphic showing holiday waste from the USA - in the UK we are only slightly better at reducing holiday waste

Graphic showing holiday waste from the USA – in the UK we are only slightly better at reducing holiday waste

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  1. Reblogged this on Simply Supermom and commented:
    I don’t know about you but I always find the holidays to be a mixed bag. On one hand I love the time of year, the thought people put into their relationships, the happiness and excitement a child has leading up to and on Christmas morning. On the other hand there is so much consumption and waste. I am convinced that the social convention to spend at the holiday’s is a big factor in the amount of sadness and stress that also goes along with the season. I hadn’t really thought about the consumer waste in terms of actual trash but when I came across this post I also saw a way to reduce the cost waste. Ideas like reusable bags cut down on the ‘wasted use of space’ in your home by storing these bags – and bonus some retailers give you a discount for each reusable bag you use. Cut back on gasoline use AND wasted time by planning your shopping and other holiday related travel wisely … bonus points for reducing holiday stress and cost by online shopping. Buying things to just throw away really bothers me – think paper towels – unfortunately its so convenient. To reduce waste over the years – and likely confusion if my daughter ever has siblings – I plan to make ‘santa sacks’. These are canvas bags with the child’s name, initial, or other identifier to leave out for Santa to fill. If you child is older what a great craft project for the holidays, he or she can decorate his/her own. Thanks for the great tips Environmental News! I love anything that will cut cost, save space in my home, and reduce the waste produced by my family!

    How are you addressing the excess of the holidays?

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