This year, during Christmas, millions of rolls of wrapping paper will be binned, platefuls of food will not be eaten and we will go through an extortionate amount of batteries.
A roll and a half of sticky tape will be used per household, while three and a half black bags full of packaging will be thrown out.
Here is a list of things we can all do to reduce the amount of waste we generate at this time of year;
1. Turn leftovers into other meals and buy less food
2. Buy a fake tree to reuse every year
3. Use rechargeable batteries
4. Reuse Christmas cards as gift tags
5. Send e-cards
6. Buy fewer toys, give the gift of a book
7. Order online in one order to reduce the amount of packaging
8. Don’t use wrapping paper. If you receive wrapping paper, before you recycle, remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows as these cannot be recycled. Wrapping paper can only be recycled if it passes the scrunch test. Simple paper wrap can be recycled but foil or glitter-decorated paper cannot and it needs to go into the general waste bin.
9. Protect the Orangutan’s habitat and do not buy any cosmetics/products that contain palm oil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ha6xUVqezQ
10. Buy wooden, less plastic
These great ways to reduce our impact on the planet during Christmas come courtesy of Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, which is working hard to get the An Taisce Green Schools green flag.
They all make sense, but we could do with being more conscious of them before we get into the thick of it this Christmas.
Thanks to the Green Committee of Holy Family and Mrs Merry in particular.