With the holiday season in full swing I thought I would provide you with some ways to stay green during the holidays! During the Holidays a lot of paper is being used to wrap gifts. What I hate seeing is so much perfectly fine paper just being ripped up and tossed aside. I just can’t get beyond the fact that making paper is one of the most polluting industries on earth. The less we use, the better.
Hence, a list of green wrapping paper alternatives:
Reusable shopping bag – $.99
Available at almost any grocery store.
Holiday gift bags – free – Reuse the bags from gifts people have given you.
Reused gift wrap – free
Try and get the paper as it’s coming off the present, fold it up, and put it in a box so I can easily find and reuse it next year.
New recycled gift wrap
Pristine Planet offers recycled, recylable paper online. If you’re buying when you’re at the mall, ask the salesclerk for the most eco-friendly option they sell.
Rather than wrap an entire box, tie a decorative scarf around the box and attach a tag made from a recycled gift card
Sunday comics – free
As for gift tags, reuse last year’s holiday cards. Cut off the card that has the signature, thread a ribbon through a corner of the remaining card!
And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.
Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI
Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900