16 Dec '11, 5pm

How to create less waste during the holidays

How to create less waste during the holidays

“It would take quite a Scrooge to say that we should forgo wrapping our gifts and eliminate the surprise and joy of unwrapping presents,” Gendell says, but just because you want to eliminate unnecessary waste doesn’t mean you’re going to have a bunch of unwrapped gifts sitting underneath that organically grown Christmas tree. There are a variety of wrapping options out there that are both festive and sustainable — you just have to get a little creative. If you have newspapers, paper bags, magazines or old maps, you’ve got gift-wrap that’s not only green, but will also going to save you a lot of green. You can also think outside the realm of paper wrapping and use scarves or scrap material — better yet, put those old tablecloths and fabric swatches to good use and create gift bags you can use year after year. “My family uses reusable Christmas-themed cloth bags when wrappin...

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