A tale of less waste at Christmas
by Brighton Council
Over the holiday season, many people have a clean out and throw away old or unwanted ‘stuff’ – sometimes even new presents or perfectly good items. Most wrapping paper also causes problems in the kerbside program because of strong dyes, ribbons, and sticky-tape. It’s a wasteful (and expensive) trend that sees a major spike in both garbage and recycling volumes and contamination. Here are some alternatives to help reduce waste and save money, while still keeping with the festive spirit:
Wrapping paper, ribbon and gift bags – Reuse boxes, baskets, jars or fabric as alternatives to new packaging and paper such as scarves, tea-towels and tablecloths.
Presents – Look for gifts in second-hand stores. If buying new, go for recycled or upcycled materials or items from a local or family business. Choose options with less packaging.
DIY – A simple baked treat, DIY sugar scrub or favourite family recipe accompanied by ingredients in a reusable box or basket are just some great homemade ideas. Not only are they less wasteful, they are also unique. Share a gift of food in a second hand dish the recipient can keep.