Make Christmas trash-free, public urged

December 23, 2018

DO not make cheerful tradition of gift-giving during the holiday season a sad one for  the environment due to the thoughtless use and disposal of gift wrappers.

The environment-advocate group EcoWaste Coalition stressed that gift-giving need not dirty and pollute the environment with more garbage.

The group’s zero waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre said that gift-giving can generate a lot of discards that, more often than not, go straight to the bin.

“Instead of keeping them for the next gift-giving, we find gift boxes, wrappers, and accessories habitually tossed into the dump. With a little creativity, we can make our gift-giving tradition less wasteful and less stressful for Mother Earth,” Alejandre explained.

To conserve resources and cut on gift wrap waste, group has come up with some suggestions to avoid the purchase and ensuing disposal of gift wrappers and  trimmings this merry season.

The group suggested that choose gift items with less packaging or require no wrapping; if wrapping is needed, opt for substitute wrappers such as magazine pages, Sunday comics, potato-chip packs, etc. and for tying, go for abaca and other native twine, strips of scrap fabric, etc.

The group added that to protect fragile items from breakage, try crunched or shredded paper in lieu of bubble wrap or foam peanuts ans also make use of brown grocery bags, shoe boxes, tin cans, empty jars, etc. as gift receptacles.

Other suggestions include: Upcycle old clothes, fabric scraps, spare scarves, orphaned socks, and old pillows into gift wraps; to embellish recycled gift packs, use unwanted fashion accessories, old cards, magazine cutouts, dried leaves and twigs, etc.  and try Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping, using vintage scarves or fabric scraps (check the Internet for free tutorials).