Holiday Precycling

posted 11/23/2016

How can you give less waste this holiday season? Precycle! We have easy tips to get you started in the right direction. Avoid purchasing gifts with excess packaging, reuse items whenever possible and reduce what you buy. Precycling will make your holiday extra merry, GREEN and bright.

Giving Less is More

As Americans, we throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year. Gift giving is a big waste producing culprit. Precycling helps you choose purchases that will produce the least amount of waste.  

  • Choose items with little to no packaging. Modern day packaging is typically composed of plastic that is not recyclable in your curbside cart. In addition, some types of plastic never breakdown in the landfill. Decreasing your packaging waste is a big waste-reduction winner! 
  • Reduce what you buy and purchase quality over quantity. Before you purchase a gift, ask yourself how long an item will last and think about the costs of replacement versus buying an item that will last longer. Consider if it can be passed on in the family or donated, or is it a one and done kind of gift?
  • Give experiences instead of STUFF. Examples: a sleigh ride on a snowy evening; a meal at a local restaurant; concert, theater or museum tickets; and music or language lessons. Not only do gift experiences produce little to no waste, they are often the most cherished of gifts.
  • Give gifts in reusable bags. Use paper bags that can eventually be recycled (no 
  • Reuse all gift bags over and over before recycling or tossing them. Colorful, cloth gift bags are a great alternative that can be used numerous times. 

Add A Little Precycling to your Party Planning

Gift giving is not the only holiday happening contributing to our excess waste. From office parties to Christmas dinners, garbage cans are stuffed with disposable plates and napkins galore. 

  • Use reusable dishes and napkins. If you don’t have enough, consider renting.
  • Cook with locally grown ingredients and serve local meat and produce. 
  • Recycle what you can by placing bins with signs for recyclables like bottles and cans. 
  • Remember to take reusable shopping bags to grocery and department stores. Leave a few bags in your car for those spur-of-the-moment stops.

How do you plan to precycle this holiday season?