Holiday gift-giving season is already upon us, and now is the time that many people start thinking about great gift ideas. This year, though, we’d like to encourage and challenge you to cut down on as much waste as possible. That’s why we’ve written this article–to create the ultimate guide for a zero-waste holiday season.
Every year, Americans flock to malls, stores, and massive online retailers to buy presents for each other. We already produce literal tons of trash regularly; on average, each American generates 35 pounds of it a week. But during the holiday season, thanks to an increase in purchases of plastic-wrapped products, wrapping paper, shopping bags, bows, ribbons, boxes, and more, that number grows significantly—25 percent more, in fact. Almost 2.9 billion more pounds of garbage are generated per week during the holidays, relative to the rest of the year.
Obviously, this trend cannot continue. Individual actions can go a long way toward reducing the amount of holiday-related waste they are responsible for, and one of the best efforts you can make is to strive for a zero-waste holiday season. What does that look like, though? We’ve got some tips for zero-waste gift giving right here.