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Here’s How You Can Have a Low Waste Holiday Season This Year

Now, more than ever, we need to start becoming more environmentally conscious for the sake of future generations—this holiday season is no exception. Here are  some ways to reduce our waste this Christmas to have a low waste holiday; we hope you consider partaking in these simple ways to help the planet.

Reuse last year’s Christmas wrapping supplies

We all have that one box hiding in the closet that’s stuffed to the brim with gift wrapping supplies collected over the years. Why not dig in and put them to good use this Christmas? It will help you make room for all the recycled paper you’ll gather this year! 

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Repurpose newspapers and paper bags for gift wrapping

This is an even more eco-friendly option to wrapping gifts. If you have old copies of newspapers, magazines, or paper bags from the grocery store—consider repurposing them for your gifts this year. Add some natural embellishments to help give it some extra life.

Buy locally

There are many benefits to shopping from local businesses—so spend your money locally so your gifts don’t have to travel far. Your contribution will help to reduce carbon emissions released by shipping Christmas gifts every year. Check out our 12 Days of Christmas Ultimate Gift Guides for suggestions on how to shop small this holiday season.

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Handcraft your gifts

Nothing is more sentimental than a handmade gift for the holidays. Not only is it one-of-a-kind, it’s sustainable. Look for local shops that sell crafting items, like the bead stores featured in this giving guide.

Give the gift of experiences

Material gifts still hold value for many people, but consider giving an experience to your loved one this holiday. It’s eco-friendly and the memories will last a lifetime. Check out days three and four of our Ultimate Gift Guide for inspiration for experiences around the island.

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Buy gifts that are pre-loved 

Buying second-hand is one of the most sustainable ways to shop nowadays. Why not use the same concept with gift-giving? Stop by your local used bookstore to find the perfect read for your friends and family.

Have an eco-friendly tree & homemade Christmas decorations

Indulge in your childhood and create your favorite popcorn or dried orange garlands to hang up this year, in addition to making a completely edible gingerbread house that doubles as a tasty holiday snack. We’ve also put together a list of places to get Christmas trees on the island and their eco-friendly alternatives. These efforts help to reduce waste and allow the crafter in you to thrive!

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Give edible gifts

We’re lucky that the Big Island has so many great options for local food products. Here’s a list of places to buy some of the best snacks and other food on the island!

Recycle your Christmas tree!

Goats, pigs, and other farm animals love playing with and munching on old Christmas trees. Help keep them out of the landfill by dropping them off at a local farm animal sanctuary like FPG Plant & Animal Sanctuary (Mountain View) or Magical Creatures of Hamakua (Laupahoehoe). Check with the sanctuary directly to schedule your drop off, as they see visitors by appointment only. Make sure your trees aren’t completely dried out and are free of fake snow, tinsel, hooks, or anything else that could cause harm. Fun fact from Rob at FPG: Christmas trees make for a great, natural dewormer!

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