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Seven Ways to Take the Waste out of Holidays

  1. Plan ahead. Making a list and checking it twice will save time, money and last-minute shopping frenzies!
  2. Consolidate your shopping trips. Spending fewer hours driving to malls and shopping centers means less wasted gas, time and stress.
  3. Bring your own reusable shopping bags instead of taking single use plastic bags. Try and avoid taking a store bag for a single item.
  4. Canceling 10 unwanted mail-order catalogs by calling their toll-free number will reduce your trash by 3.5 pounds per year.
  5. Start a savings account or give savings bonds as gifts for kids.
  6. Make your own festive, personalized gift wrap using materials you already have around the house.
  7. Keep it simple. Less can be more. Think carefully about what gifts friends and families really need.


  • …if each family reduced holiday gasoline consumption by 1 gallon, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 1 million tons.
  • …if each family reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon per year, the annual savings would be 38,000 miles of ribbon – enough to time a bow around Planet Earth!


Tags: Reuse, holiday