Eco friendly gifts - those that are durable, reusable, homemade, or don't create any waste at all - are a great way to be a thoughtful gift giver and give back to Mother Earth this holiday season.
And frankly, you benefit, too - these sustainable gifts couldn't be easier to give or receive. Everybody wins.
Especially when you consider that during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we will generate an additional 1 million tons of trash - about 25 percent more trash.
Why not trim the trash while you're trimming the tree, making your list and checking it twice? You can easily reduce waste while merry making this holiday season with these ideas for more environmentally friendly gifts.
E-commerce (think cyber Monday) is an easy way to reduce holiday gasoline consumption and still shop this holiday season.
But it's not necessarily waste free: be sure to choose items that won't be excessively padded for shipping.
Remember that the best gifts come from the heart - not necessarily the department store.
If you do choose to buy something new, look for gift items made from recycled packaging or materials, from an antique store, estate sale, or flea market; or those that can be recycled and reused:
These gifts don't generate any any trash at all - and come straight from the heart.
Does it get any more heartfelt and festive than this?
Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for eco friendly gift ideas, gift wrap, and more!