Reusing & Recycling at Christmas Time

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  • Reuse wrapping paper when at all possible from previous holidays and birthdays.
  • Recycle the wrapping paper that can be recycled, by folding and putting into your recycle bin. Some wrapping paper cannot be recycled, be aware of what to look for.
  • Buy wrapping paper that has been made specifically from recycled content, that way it will be recyclable or compostable.
  • Buy wrapping paper from your local thrift store.
  • Make your own wrapping paper.

Christmas Cards:

  • Go paperless. Send a Christmas email and save some trees. You can even explain in the email why you are going paperless this year.
  • Recycle cards from last year to use on your cards this year.
  • When the holiday season is over, put the Christmas cards that can be recycled in the recycle bin or save for next year.
  • You can also have the kids make crafts out of the old cards, such as place mats, or art for the wall, just add a frame.
  • You can also recycle calendars or children’s artwork to use as Christmas cards.


  • Buy items that have been recycled or re-purposed into something different.
  • Make your own gifts from old clothes, or items around the house that you don’t use.
  • Re-gifting is OK. “There is much discussion about etiquette behind the trend to re-gift, that is, to pass on a gift you received but do not need. What’s to discuss? Re-gifting makes perfect sense. If you receive something you really don’t need, look for ways you can reuse this gift by passing it on to someone who can use it. Of course, re-gifting needs to be done with care so as not to offend the original giver, but keeping a gift you don’t need is wasteful.” From

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