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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for the Holiday Season

Less trash holiday season from Go Gingham
Goodie bags made from fabric scraps and tied with reusable ribbons.

With the shopping season in full swing, buying, shopping, and spending for the holidays doesn’t have to mean more trash. Pre-think your holiday shopping with thoughtful spending for the holidays and you can reduce, reuse, and recycle for the holiday season. It’s an easy way to be mindful of your budget and the environment.

1.  Reduce – Buy less stuff

Homemade gift giving from Go Gingham

What did you receive for a holiday gift last year? Can’t think of anything? What did you give as a gift? Do you recall? Does the endless amount of giving and receiving give you a headache? Save yourself time and money and consider shopping less and buying less. Does anyone really need more stuff? Consider a gift of time together or homemade granola or make hand soap instead of more items that will collect dust.

2.  Reuse – Buy second-hand

Second-hand items usually come with a story of where they were discovered. Share that with the recipient so they know how you thought of them. Candlestick holders, cake servers, and classic books are all wonderful gift ideas.

Thoughtful spending for the holidays
These metal disks found at an estate sale became wine tags and look very festive!

Buying a gift second-hand doesn’t make it any less thoughtful or meaningful. It’s my favorite place to buy cashmere, too.

3. Recycle – Support businesses who recycle

Be sure and support businesses who make recycling a priority. Earthbound Farm is one of those companies. While their packaging is plastic that keeps their greens fresh for longer, it’s made from 100% post consumer waste products. Their packaging can be recycled, too. Find a place in your area that will recycle the containers – or ask at the store where you bought it.

Go green and grow lettuces
Greens and lettuces are easy to grow – in the ground or in a container – and they’re tasty!

Don’t have a place to recycle those lettuce and green containers? Start one. Be the catalyst in your community or hometown. Sometimes civic leaders need a little kick in the pants to get a recycling program going.

What else to do with those plastic containers? Plant a garden. Not everyone has space for a garden or yard. Follow these easy instructions for a small container garden and eat the greens you grow.

By practicing thoughtful spending for the holiday season and keeping your budget and the environment in mind, there won’t be any regrets in January. You can still reduce, reuse, recycle even during the holiday season.

What’s your favorite “R” to embrace? Reduce? Reuse? Recycle?

Go Gingham related links:

Displaying holiday cards – don’t put them away, just leave them out to enjoy
Homemade Christmas gift tradition: family calendar
Tree topper tale: a Christmas tree topper that’s so easy to make
Quick and easy holiday decorating: very easy
Green holiday living: generate less waste this holiday season

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8 thoughts on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for the Holiday Season

  1. On the rare occasions I buy baked goods from the supermarket bakery, I save the containers. These cannot be recycled in my area, so I reuse them. I wash them well, dry them, and cover what labels I am not able to remove. I give a few baked gifts in them, in particular to my friend who does my hair.


  2. Thanks for taking the time to write a post like this. I think it is easy to lose track of what is important durning the rush of the holiday season. Great tips on how we can keep ourselves focused on what is important and to stop the cycle of excessive buying and waste.


    1. You’re welcome, Jodie! I do get caught up in the cycle of buying and wasting – but am really trying to rein it in. Honestly, very few of us need more stuff.
      Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂


    1. Thank you, Kris! I’d love to make them for the other gifts we give but my family says no. They like to unwrap. What can I do? Nothing. 🙂
      The bags lined are much better and more substantial than unlined.
      Have a great holiday season!


  3. Nice post! I like to save the round oatmeal cardboard containers and the metal coffee containers. I use the nice Christmas paper to wrap/tape to the container and use them for cookie and candy gifts. They look festive and really do last for years.


    1. Jennifer, sorry I missed this earlier – but this is a great idea and lovely! You’re right those containers do last a long time. Smart idea and I’m sure decorated they’re very sweet.
      I used our big spinach container from Earthbound Farm as a secondary refrigerator this season. It was just the right size for storing beets, onions and other root veggies that didn’t fit in our refrigerator. It was on our side porch that is very cold!
      Thanks, Jennifer. Love the idea. 🙂


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