For many of us, gift-giving is a big part of the holiday season. But if you’re zero waste or trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you’re probably already getting a bit anxious thinking about all the waste that exchanging presents brings.
Every time we buy a tangible gift — whether it be clothes, electronics, home decor, or whatever else — we are using resources, and creating more demand for those resources. There’s also a pretty good chance that the gift will one day go a landfill. Not to mention, between gift packaging, boxes, ribbons, and wrapping paper (which is not recyclable if it contains any metal or glitter), holiday gift exchanges usually result in a ton of trash.