According to Use Less Stuff (ULS), extra holiday waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about one million extra tons per week. Here's some easy to use tips to reduce your waste this season.
1. Food Waste - Buy with Thought
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes gets lost or wasted. Much of it during the holidays. Use a guest list to predict the amount of food you will need and compost food scraps. Tools like the Guest-Imator help you create a menu based on how many people will be attending.
2. Wrapping Paper - Make Your Own
According to WragWrap.com on average, it takes 6 mature trees to make a tonne of paper. This means approximately 50,000 trees are used to make the 8,250 tonnes consumed at Christmas (estimated Christmas use = 75% of total). Get creative and reduce landfill waste with old magazines, newspapers and cereal boxes.
3. Decor - Ditch the tinsel
Not only is it not recyclable, but it's made from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is listed as a human carcinogen in the Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program. Tinsel is also extremely dangerous to your dog or cat. What looks like a shiny toy to your cat can prove deadly if ingested. Try edible treats such as a popcorn and cranberry garland.
4. Disposable Tableware - Go Green with Repurpose®
21% of the 33 billion tons of plastic discarded in the U.S. is made up of cups, plates and non-durables. When reusable tableware isn't an option swap traditional plastic disposables for Repurpose 100% compostable plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Red plastic plates and cups may look festive, but they will last long after the holiday season has ended. Repurpose products can be composted in 90 days in a commercial composter and are free of any toxic chemicals found in oil-based products.