It’s not quite regifting, but…

Merry Christmas! I hope your time with friends and family was most fulfilling, and that you received the gifts you were really hoping for! We celebrated here at our house with my parents-in-law and my sister-in-law, her husband, and their two kids. It was a lot of fun seeing the kids enjoying their presents, and the food was really yummy! Especially the lefse, which I’m still perfecting!

So…

Right now I’m sitting in my living room. And there are three -yes, three garbage bags of wrapping paper, ribbons, and toy packaging sitting in front of me. On top of that, there’s another bag in the kitchen full of the disposable plates and cups we ate off of (all given to us when we moved in to our new home.) And one more bag – the only bag I’m not completely disgusted with – a bag of pop cans, foil, and plastic to be brought to our recycling center.

I tried to figure out what I could do to reduce this trash before I filled the bags. I kept tissue paper and boxes that weren’t completely destroyed, and recycled what I could. Obviously I still have a lot left, and I hate the fact that this trash is simply going to a landfill to sit. But I don’t know what else to do with it. Since the majority of the presents were for the kids (2, 5, and 7) the paper is completely unusable for rewrapping presents.

So help me readers! What are some ways that you reduce the trash that comes with Christmas? I’d especially love to hear what you do when you have family who isn’t as concerned about it as you are. After all, not only are bags of wrapping paper sitting in a landfill taxing to the environment, but they are taxing to your pocketbooks as well – you have to pay to have it removed.  And with my family coming next weekend, we’ll have more to dispose of, so I need some ideas!

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2 Responses

  1. Do you have a fireplace? You can shred paper and cardboard, and then use it as tinder. Also, you can get parafin and melt it onto it to make better ones. Be sure there’s no plastic costings or tape, but otherwise it can at least help heat your home.

    Also, shredded paper makes good packing material.

    You want to use the clean stuff, not the stuff you ate off of.

    For disposable plates, make sure you use the paperboard ones, not styrofoam or plastic. The paperboard is biodegradable, so they won’t be digging it out of a landfill in 2000 years to analyze for college projects.

  2. Lifehacker.com had a post in the last few days about using the shredded paper to pack your ornaments..

    I imagine this would also be useful in packing things you mail or store, so as not to break them or use those nasty styronuts.

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