10 Easy Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

The amount of extra waste generated during the holidays is astonishing. Studies reveal waste is increased by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Years. On the next page is a fabulous infographic that shows us what gets tossed and wasted each holiday season. Want to make a dent into reducing your holiday footprint? Here are 10 ways to reduce holiday waste:

1. Reduce using paper and plastic shopping bags – Thousands of bags end up our landfills during the holidays. Reduce the number of bags by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Here’s a tutorial for making your own reusable bags.

2. Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper – Save and recycle used wrapping paper or create your own from upcycled items. Here are 5 eco-friendly wrapping ideas.

3. Send eCards or recycled-content greeting cards – Recycle paper cards and send electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste. Here are my 5 reasons why people don’t recycle and 5 reasons they should and Care2’s eCard collection.

4. Use rechargeable batteries or give a solar battery gift - About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials that end up in our landfills. Check out this cool solar backpack that recharges gadgets.

5. Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day – This saves energy and makes lights last longer. Switch to LED holiday lights.

6. Recycle the Christmas tree – Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. Turn your tree into a feast for the birds.

7. Use a potted tree and plant it – Here are some options for purchasing a live tree that can be replanted.

8. Throw a make-your-own-decorations party – Here’s some fabulous DIY holiday decorations and seasonal scents to create to make the season bright!

9. Give quality gifts – Durable products last longer. Cheaper, less durable items can wear out quickly and create more landfill waste. Here’s a company that creates quality items and curbs clothing consumption.

10. Create and give handmade gifts from recycled materials – Here are some of the wonderful reasons to create handmade gifts. Here’s a blizzard of DIY holiday gift ideas.

How do you reduce holiday waste?

Next: Holiday Waste Infographic

Sources: EPA, Recycleworks, Care2, Econesting, Practically Green, Green Upgrader, OnlineSchools.org


Kathy R.
Kathy R.4 years ago

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Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long and prosper!

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ
Sonia M5 years ago

Good article,thanks for sharing

Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Thanks for Sharing.

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp6 years ago

Some of these are great ideas BUT - I have never, ever had any success with planting my (rooted) Christmas tree, and recycling might be worth thinking about, but there are many, many shops, factories charities etc. that absolutely rely on sales at this time of year to keep going. And if they close ... more unemployment, less tax going into the system etc. etc. Think right through the issue before making decisions, folks.

Ann K.
Ann K6 years ago

Our family stopped exchanging gifts years ago.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Elaine A.
Past Member 6 years ago

All great ideas!

Pat M.
Patricia M6 years ago

Like the article