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Between bustling holiday travel and a whopping 25% increase in landfill waste around this time of year (between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to be exact), the holiday season isn’t exactly conducive to living a completely eco-friendly existence. Luckily, there are many simple ways to make your holiday season more environmentally friendly. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips for greening the holidays:
1. Get crafty! Most do-it-yourself projects reclaim and reuse objects for renewed use. Instead of shopping for new ornaments or festive décor, create your own. Check out my 9 DIY holiday décor ideas that can be created with things you most likely already have in your home.
2. Make your wrapping newsworthy. Instead of purchasing rolls of wrapping paper that will ultimately end up crumpled in some landfill, wrap your gifts with newspaper and tie them off with a colorful bow. I love wrapping with newspaper—not only because it looks cute, but it’s a wonderful way to recycle as well.