I hope you all are happily anticipating the warmth and abundance of Thanksgiving. It's so hard to believe it's already here! Tomorrow marks the official start of the holiday season and If you're anything like me, you've already started to think about what's next on the agenda. Before we know it, the days will be jam-packed with festivities and we'll all be up to our mistletoe in treat baking, merrymaking, and gift giving.
It's hard not to be smitten with the lights and music, and many projects to dive into that make the season bright; however, I've been giving some thought to one of the many excessive parts of the holidays, and that is none other than gift wrap. Oh, it's so hard to resist when we are tempted by all of the shiny paper and the latest designs that retailers flash at us. The bows, and ribbons in perfectly curated collections - they're just so festive and pretty! Who doesn't want a pile of fancy boxes all tied up meticulously under their tree?
At the risk of sounding Grinch-like, let's all take a collective deep breath and think about what happens after the holidays. All of the gifts have been opened and there are literally piles of paper and boxes everywhere. I personally feel very sad when I see all of my hard work, time, and money lying around on the floor shredded to bits. What's worse is that I know I'll save some of it...but only some. What about the rest? Say it together folks: the landfill. That's right, bags upon bags of trash will go right into the landfill. We all know it, and I'm convinced we all want to do something about it, but how? And what? I have some ideas. Here are 10 ways you can create less waste this season. And they're easy.
I do hope you'll be inspired to try some of these ideas and in turn inspire others to create less waste this holiday season. We're all a part of this neighborhood and each of us can do a little something no matter how small to keep it healthy and safe for the next generation. Have a lovely holiday.
Jennifer Eppolito, Education Horticulturist
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