These decorative holiday recycling ideas cost little to nothing and can make a big eco-friendly impact.
Here are creative ways to both save the environment and cut down on holiday waste without losing any of the festive style:
Some of the best boxes are made to last — and pass along for others to use year after year. Decorate a plain gift box — or choose a pattern you like — and then add a clear coat of packing tape for extra support and resistance to wear, and you're good to go for years of enjoyment.
On the inside of the lid write the date and occasion. Each time the box is used, the next person adds to the history by writing the same. Grandparents and children love this concept. Before you know it you have a lid to a box that has been used for just about any occasion and for generations to enjoy.
Reduce waste by offering special food items or personal services as gifts. Examples: Bake cookies, prepare a meal a week for someone who would appreciate the help, run errands, shovel snow, shop for elderly family members or neighbors.
Give lifestyle gifts that promote changes that are friendly to the environment. For example, cloth napkins and tablecloths, cloth or reusable shopping bags, a compost bin, recycling bins, reusable or biodegradable picnic plates/utensils or stationary made from recycled paper. Plant the idea and watch it grow!
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