Did you know that Americans generate 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season and show your loved ones the generosity they deserve without being overly generous to your trash can. Here are some ideas to help you get started!
One of the most fun parts about getting ready for the holidays is decorating your living space. Why buy new decorations that come with mountains of packaging when you could just make your own? In addition to preventing waste, making your own is more affordable and a fun way to get crafty and spend quality time with your friends or family. For some inspiration check out our guide to zero-waste holiday decorations.
- Imperfect Holiday Gift Boxes
If you want an easy way to lean into less wasteful giving, send your loved ones our first ever Imperfect Holiday Box. Each box is filled with delicious food-waste-fighting snacks like broken pretzel pieces made perfect with chocolate and peppermint, our ever-so-slightly sunburnt dried mangos, and broken almonds put back together with toffee. Each box keeps 8.9 pounds of food from going to waste, so it’s a gift we can all feel jolly about.
- Reusable Gear
Gift elegantly reusable food wrap by the innovative folks at Abeego, a game-changing Stasher bag, or one of those oh-so-sleek water bottles by S’well. If this gear sounds up your alley, we wrote an article to help you find the best option for your life and gifting pleasure!
- Homemade Delights
There are few gifts more delightful and unique than something you created in your kitchen. No matter your skill level, there’s a homemade gift you could make like cookies, pickles, hot sauce, kombucha, or even beer! In addition to being thoughtful and utterly unforgettable, gifts like these require zero wrapping paper and are infinitely adaptable to the tastes of the person you’re giving them to. You can even get some of the building blocks to your kitchen project in your next Imperfect order to spare you an extra trip to the store during the season of crowds and bad weather. What’s not to love?
One of the most obvious sources of waste around the holiday is wrapping paper, so start by thinking outside the box. Try wrapping a present in newspaper or the foil liner in your Imperfect delivery. You can also use reusable totes to cut out the waste entirely – and the totes themselves become a bonus gift! You can also focus on gifts that don’t need wrapping paper, like homemade baked goods or experiential gifts like classes or lessons, special meals, or festive beverages to share.
No matter how you celebrate, remember that the most memorable part of the holidays is who you share them with. While there’s no perfect way to celebrate or give a gift, there are a million delightfully imperfect ways to make the holidays your own. Cheers to a less wasteful and more memorable holiday season!