Waste-free Holidays

Posted by Laurie Barrette on

The Holidays are a magical time! There are family gatherings; we exchange gifts, we cook for each other, we take the time to be with each other. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year where we create the most trash per being.

It’s possible to reverse this statistic and to make sure our focus is on what matters most, which is time spent with those we love and care for, and it’s just a question of changing a few habits.

So here are a few tips to help you reduce your waste during this Holiday.


Go outside and get your decorations from surrounding trees and nature around you. Fir branches, pine cones or dried fruits such as cranberries and oranges to make your garlands. Not only will they add a warm touch to your home, but they will also make it smell lovely.

Scope out second-hand stores for used holiday decorations to create the whimsical decor you want for your home.

Bake your tree ornaments! Make them out of gingerbread or salt dough, and create your very own classics.

Add fragrance to your home by adding essential oils to pine cones or fir branches. Add some cinnamon, balsam fir, orange, clove etc. There are so many ways to make your home smell like a cozy Christmas day!


Give the gift of spending time together to your loved ones. Memories of laughter and fun will last much longer than any object. If you absolutely must offer a gift, find something second-hand or make them at home with all your love.

For more DIY gift ideas for the Holidays, read our blog here

Wrap your gifts in reusable bags or wrap them in beautiful fabric using the Furoshiki method. You’ll then be able to reuse the wrappings for years to come, which is money well spent if you ask us! Plus, there’ll virtually be no mess to pick up once all the gifts are opened!

There are many different eco-friendly wrapping options in this YouTube video.

furoshiki gift wrap


Take the time to cook as a family, make it a tradition to get everything ready together. You’ll then pass on your favourite recipes and create lovely moments with your families.

Set the table with washable tableware and glassware, if you’re having too many people over, ask them to bring some extra glasses or plates, mismatched table settings are still very pretty! Plus, there’s nothing like serving a home cooked meal in real tableware to honour the hard work that went into it.

Grab your wine and beer in bulk! Bring your own containers. You’ll save money and create less recycling in one action

Make sure you send your guests home with leftovers, they’ll thank you the next day when they warm it up for lunch or a lazy supper, and compost all the leftover foods that cannot be used or eaten.

The Holidays are all about creating heart-warming memories, so forget about all the stress and enjoy every moment!

Happy Holidays to you all!

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