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
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.
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.
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:
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Green holiday living: generate less waste this holiday season
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