When you are trying to reduce your waste and consumption, it is important to remember that everyone is not always going to be on the same page as you.
For example, I received Bee’s Wrap as an alternative to plastic wrap and my older brother just couldn’t understand why I would want that, let alone ask for it for Christmas.
So after all the presents have been opened, I always take it upon myself to make sure each piece of wrapping ends up in the proper place and not just all into the landfill.
First, I sort out all that can be reused for another holiday season. That includes:
- tissue paper
- gift bags
- gift boxes
As I sat there Christmas morning folding up tissue paper, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my grandmother who used to iron wrapping paper to use it again. Ripped up tissue paper can serve a purpose too. I plan on using that to wrap up my ornaments and fragile Christmas decorations when I pack them away.
Second, I divided up all the packaging that could be recycled. Since fancy wrapping paper usually cannot be recycled, only a small portion of paper wrapping was able to go into the blue bin. Foil and glitter wrapping paper, on the other hand, cannot.
As for that Amazon box, I may use it to send some stuff to Goodwill through the Give Back Box program.
Everything else, unfortunately, had to be thrown away. 😦