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We throw away a mind-boggling 25 percent more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year's than any other time of the year, sending an extra 7 million pounds of garbage into our landfills.
I know, that's not a very merry statistic. But it is one we can do something about this holiday season, without crimping our festive style too much.
By simply using eco friendly gift wrap and choosing sustainable gifts, we'll be sending a lot less waste into our landfills.
I doubt I'm the only person who's felt more than a tad Grinch-like come Christmas morning when my garbage cans are at their festive best, filled with shiny, multicolored gift wrapping I can't dispose of in the fireplace safely, so off they go to our landfills.
Green is the color of the season, and it makes us all feel better making smart choices. And we really do have environmentally friendly options that will reduce the amount of solid waste we generate over the holidays.
Here are some eco friendly gift wrap ideas to consider this holiday season.
Have fun and get creative here. These gift wrapping ideas can get you started: