It's a joyous time of year but also one of the most wasteful. There's the packaging, wrapping, shipping, and decorating supplies that mostly end up in the garbage the day after. Here are a few ideas for how to keep the waste to a minimum and to keep what does end up in the garbage non-toxic and biodegradable.
1. Wrappily paper ribbon is recyclable and compostable, $5.
2. Good Start Packaging shopping bags are 100% recycled, compostable and made in the USA.
3. Wrappily Hannukah textiles recycled and recyclable newsprint, $12.75
4. Grow-A-Note plantable card is made of 100% recycled, handmade paper. Plant it in the ground and you can grow wildflowers. Made in USA, available at Greenfield Paper.
5. Instead of buying new decorations, create your own from old wrapping paper.
6. Paper Source Rapping Paper Christmas Card is 100% recycled, $4.95.
7. Ecoenclose recycled, biodegradable tissue paper.
8. Make your own wreath. You can use found pinecones, pussy willows, branches, leaves, or moss. Assemble with a hot glue gun and a wire hanger and finish with a used ribbon.
9. Paper Source 100% recycled from 30% post consumer waste green glitter tree paper, $9.95.
10. Wrappily cotton curling compostable and biodegradable ribbon, $6.25
11. Wrappily hemp twine is biodegradable and vegan, $8
12. Put your gift in a recycled cardboard clamshell. It eliminates the need for wrapping paper and is shippable. It uses no bleach, dye or glue. S Packaging Greenkraft clamshells, $19.95 for 10.