The festive season is a time for family, food, and fun – but it’s also a time when wastage is at its pinnacle! From wrapping paper and packaging to the mountains of food cooked that goes uneaten,here are a few tips on how to waste less this festive season.

Reuse what you can

One person’s trash is another one’s treasure! So, before you go out and buy new decorations for your home this festive season, look around and see what you can creatively reuse. 

Pro Tip: maybe a vase could be repurposed as a candle holder, or old curtains could be turned into tablecloths – think outside the box.

Shop online

Not only will this help you avoid overspending, but it will also keep plastic minimal. When you’re in a store, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and buy things you don’t need – hence the six shopping bags. However, shopping online can help you stay focused on your list. Plus, most online businesses boast eco-friendly packaging now!

Recycle what you can’t reuse

Recycle items that can’t be reused, like gift wrapping, ribbons, cards and packaging, instead of throwing them away. Designate a recycling bin at home for the whole family to use.

Pro Tip: explain to kids exactly how it works – so they don’t throw yesterday’s spaghetti in with all the gift wrap.

Live a minimalistic lifestyle

A minimalistic lifestyle helps you be more conscious of the waste you produce. For example, if you make fewer purchases, fewer boxes and packaging materials will end up dumped, which means less pollution for our planet.

Compost what you can’t recycle

Composting is easy and a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. There are tons of videos online to show you exactly how it works. From food scraps to tear-soaked tissues, there is plenty around you that can become the perfect compost.

Pro Tip: treat your plants now – they’ll love you by spring.

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