We’re heading into the final week before Christmas and I still haven’t started my holiday shopping. Thankfully, all but a few gifts I’m giving this year aren’t really items I need to go out and shop for, rather experiences and other zero waste inspired things. I may not have the gifts, but my gift wrap game is READY!
I was recently invited to host a zero waste workshop with Urban Green Lab, Nashville’s nonprofit dedicated to educating the community on sustainable living, and Lightening 100, Nashville’s independent radio station! I had alllll the feels since I’d previously attended a workshop AND Lightening 100 is my absolute favorite station. The event was held at Tennessee Brew Works and we had a fabulous evening full of zero waste conversation, snack sampling and creating zero waste stocking stuffers with 88 Acres Seednola and Bee’s Wrap!
It was so inspiring to hear others excited about gifting experiences, hand crafted goods like candles and soaps, and even responsibly made and upcycled engagement rings! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Check out some highlights below:
We’ve covered zero waste gifting, but wrapping and unwrapping the gift is oftentimes the best part! Traditional wrapping paper isn’t always recyclable, especially if the paper contains tiny shiny, glittery particles. It’s no surprise that we create 25% more waste from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, with a large portion being disposable paper waste.
Consider choosing recycled paper or other sustainable materials to wrap your gifts this year! If every American family wrapped just three gifts with re-used material, we could save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields!
- paper grocery story bags
- recycled newspaper
- sheet music (bonus points if you use Christmas carol sheet music)
- old road maps
- city transit maps (idea courtesy of an IG friend)
Sustainable food storage items also make great gift wrap and bag alternatives, and you’re giving a bonus, functional gift:
- Bee’s Wrap
- Lunchskin bags
- Reusable stainless steel storage containers (PlanetBox)
- Reusable produce bags (ChicoBag)
What other ideas do you have for creating less waste around the holiday season? I’d love to hear your ideas!
I hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thanks to 88 Acres, Bee’s Wrap and ChicoBags for providing products for the workshop!