The holiday season is a great time of year to spread holiday cheer, but it is also a time where we tend to create a lot of waste.
Waste increases by 25 per cent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
We wanted to give a few tips on how to reduce your waste this holiday season! There are always ways to make your holidays a little more greener, being conscious about your waste is the first step!
The holidays are known for potlucks, big dinners and leftovers, the biggest way to reduce food waste is to plan. Prepare just enough for guests or prepare foods that are versatile or will last longer. For example, making a turkey will give you great leftovers for sandwiches and soups after, while a caesar salad won’t last long, but cutting up a ingredients for a salad and letting people dress their salad themselves allows for it to be kept longer.
And be creative, regardless, if you are hosting a party you will have leftovers. Pinterest is always a great place to find great recipes for leftovers! We have a whole board dedicated to sustainable holiday ideas here.
Buy in Bulk
Planning on having sweets, nuts, and treats for people to munch on? Consider filling up with bulk items to avoid waste, just make sure you bring your reusable bags and jars. Bulk stores often have a ton of great options for snack foods you can throw into bowls for your guests.
Decorating and hosting a Christmas party is always fun and sometimes you want to make it extra festive with your decor. Avoid using disposable napkins, plates, and cups. Stick to items that can be recycled or reused.
Think Recycle and Reuse
When it comes to gifts, there is generally waste that comes along with it. If you are receiving or giving gifts think about how to dispose of the gift wrap.
As a rule of thumb always try and and reuse where you can. Tissue paper, gift bags, gift boxes, ribbons and bows can usually always be reused for the next year. Even gift tags!
Recycle any cardboard boxes, brown paper, and most boxes products have come in, such as a TV box.
These items can’t be recycled:
metallic wrapping paper
tape (try and remove from things you plan to recycle)
Christmas lights - they should be dropped off at a recycling depot
Electronics - these should be dropped off at the depot.
Check out what can and can’t be recycled here
Getting Rid of Christmas Trees
Make sure to always recycle your Christmas tree, just make sure to remove all decorations and plastic. There are so many places to recycle your tree, here is a list if you live in Winnipeg of places that take trees.
Until next time, Let’s Create Simple