I’m lucky – my family is so supportive of me. They’ve always been really supportive of everything I’ve done, so I shouldn’t be surprised about how supportive they are of my plastic-free challenge.
My mom called me a few weeks ago to tell me about the plastic-free, waste-free Christmas rules she set in place for this year! Awesome!
The rules are:
1. You can’t buy any new wrapping, whether it’s wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, etc.
2. You can’t buy new cards, including to/from tags.
3. Use only materials you have at home. If you have wrapping paper left from previous years, that’s allowed. You can use newspaper, paper shopping bags, fabric, etc. For tags, use paper, cut-outs of old Christmas cards, etc.
Pretty simple, eh? Why not try something like this with your family and friends? Impose a ban against buying new wrapping materials. It forces you to be creative with your wrapping and can actually be really fun! If you have rubber stamps (or even crayons, paper cut-outs, etc) you can stamp designs onto the paper bags, cut them and wrap your gifts as usual. The funny pages (colour or black-and-white) are fun as well! Give it a try!
What are you doing to eliminate or reduce your plastic and waste this holiday season?