Holiday Trash Tips

Yay! It's the Holiday season. Time for fun and festivities and to make memories with those we care about. How about adding our beautiful planet to your caring list and taking a moment to think how you could change one or two things over this Holiday season that will really make a difference?

Did you know that Americans generate 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and the New Year? That means 25 million extra tons of trash!

What does one ton of trash actually look like? Well, one ton is equal to 2,000 pounds and one cubic yard of soil weighs approximately 2,200 pounds. Try and visualize what one hundred cubic yards of soil looks like, one thousand, one million........ That's A LOT of soil and A LOT of trash! Now multiply that by 25 - frightening right?

The good news is that by making a couple of small changes you can make a difference. Here are a few tips:

1. Consider giving experiences rather than physical gifts. There are many options to choose from like museum trips or cinema tickets. Children can also get on board with this idea and give their time. Tea and a chat with a grandparent or a walk with mom can be especially meaningful. I know that one of the best gifts I have ever received was 3 Sunday morning runs with my middle son - loved it!

2. Living gifts are a great idea. A plant, a tree, a packet of seeds or even a sourdough starter, there are so many to choose from and they will continue to provide enjoyment long after the Holiday season has ended.

3. Make your own wrapping paper. Use newspaper or magazines or brown paper that can be reused. I often use brown paper that I stamp with snowflakes or write personal messages on and I tie my gifts with string that can also be reused. 

4. Give sustainable gifts that encourage the recipient to adopt environmentally friendly habits. A kitchen compost bin, a reusable cup, bamboo utensils, sustainable cleaning and personal care products. All of these things will encourage sustainable habits.

Here at www, we are really trying to make a difference and to encourage you to take that first or next step, we are offering 15% off all orders from now until 12/24. Check out our ZERO WASTE range and use code Holiday15 to receive your discount on the perfect holiday gift for a teacher, hostess, friend or family member; and give yourself a pat on the back for making a difference!