The holiday season is upon us…and that means tons of holiday cheer, pipers-a-piping, lords-a-leaping, and so on. The giving of gifts is becoming more synonymous with the xmas tradition, but the disposable garbage and wrapping paper that comes with it doesn’t need to be. Here are some options that you may take to reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season!
1.) Reusable options as wrapping paper
No matter how pretty your wrapping paper may be, the end result will be the same: it will be ripped apart in the thrill of revealing a hidden present underneath. So instead of wrapping paper, why not choose a more sustainable option?
Some alternatives may be:
– Newspaper. Pretty attainable and easy to find.
– Magazine pages. A colourful alternative to newspaper!
– Fabric. If you’re a creative DIY fashionista, you may use scraps of leftover fabric to make bows! There’s plenty of options!
– Calendar sheets. Since the 2010 year is coming to a close, you may use your old calendar pages as fun, colourful, and beautiful wrapping paper!
– Brown shopping paper bags. A simple, neutral alternative. They are recyclable so you can easily recycle them afterwards!
2.) Recycle your wrapping paper afterwards
As you probably have guessed, you CAN easily recycle your wrapping paper after you have used it. An easy way to reduce your ecological footprint! Though not necessary, it would also be helpful to take off large pieces of adhesive tape off the paper before you recycle.
A quick step-by-step guide on recycling your wrapping paper here: [How to recycle wrapping paper]
3.) Recycle any soft plastics that may come with your gift
Is it possible to recycle soft plastics, you ask? Why yes, it is! =)
All Wastech Transfer Stations (www.wastech.ca) accept soft plastic for recycling. You can save all your soft plastics that may come from your presents, or even soft plastics that you may encounter on a daily basis (like food packaging, product packaging, etc) and turn them in to your closest plastics recycling location.
Surrey Transfer Station
9770 – 192nd Street, Surrey
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6-pm
North Vancouver Transfer Station
30 Riverside Drive
(3 blocks south of the Dollarton Highway, just east of the Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6pm
Coquitlam Transfer Station
1200 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-5pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6pm
For the full list of the materials they recycle, click [Here]
Live in Vancouver? No problem!
Metro Vancouver can help you find your residential recycling location depending on the distance of your preference, and the material you wish to recycle:
Click away to find a close recycling location to suit [your recycling needs!]
Have a wonderful & sustainable holiday season, everyone!
All images credited to Google.