The holidays provide a great opportunity for teachers to model responsible waste-reducing behavior in the classroom, and to offer students suggestions for how they can enjoy the festivities at home without generating waste.
- Give coupon books for services or experiences (trip to the ice cream store, "I'll do the dishes for you tonight", "good for one foot rub")
- Create a family recipe book.
- Draw names or share the cost of a gift with a sibling or friend.
- Request that family and friends donate money in your name to a cause you support.
- Make your gifts using ideas from the following websites:
Refuse to purchase new gift-wrap. Instead use:
- Scarves, handkerchiefs or bandannas
- Old posters and maps
- Your children's artwork
- Old sheet music.
- Last year's holiday paper (press with warm iron if wrinkled).
- Wallpaper scraps
- Fabric scraps
- Sunday comic pages.
- A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.
- Check out this website for creative waste-free wrapping: http://www.eco-artware.com/crafts/crafts_11_02.php
- Commit to no disposables: use "real" tableware; if you don't have enough, borrow some.
- Buy baked goods and appetizers in bulk, rather than pre-packaged party trays.
- Make potlucks "waste free" by requesting that guests avoid party trays of food.
- Avoid purchased, single-use, table decorations; have your students/children create them out of left over cards, calendars, ribbons, etc.
- Cut up last year's holiday cards and use as place cards.
- Use outdated calendars taped together to make a unique New Year's tablecloth.