After the holidays, what do you do with the trash?

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I bet you spent a few hours wrapping those gifts to the best of your abilities. They looked nice under the tree, worthy of a picture. But then the next morning, that wrapping was balled up in the corner to be later placed in a big, black bag.

Was it worth the trash? Some say yes, and that is fine. Instead of adding to the big heaps of junk in the landfill, try these suggestions for your holiday junk:

  • If you have gifts still to wrap, try a piece of cloth instead. Or reuse a holiday bag that was given to you.
  • Save all your ribbons and bows to reuse for next year.
  • Isn’t it weird that sometimes kids love the box more than the toy? Create little huts or houses out of giant boxes. Keep other smaller boxes, maybe cut down to lie flat, for future projects when maybe a piece of cardboard is needed.
  • What about the plastic? If you have some soda bottles, try making this vase.
  • If you still have a holiday party to host, consider using your regular dishware and cups instead of throwaways. Maybe give cloth napkins a whirl. Consider this for next year if your party has come and gone.
  • Consider what you provide for guests as far as food. All those soda bottles can be replaced by making iced tea at home. Find unique ways to use alternatives to goods in cans and plastic. Try buying goods at your local farmers market. We have quite a few.
  • ¬†Give non-gifting a try, or combat useless giving.

What are some ways you try to keep the holidays green?

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University and has been a vegetarian and geek for more than six years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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