December is known as the month of festivities and traditions. You’re likely to put up decorations, get together with friends and family, and exchange gifts. These are all fun and exciting activities that can be adapted just a little to make sure we create less waste.
Are you charged with the holiday spirit and ready to decorate your house and tree? Instead of buying new ornaments or decor, opt for second hand alternatives or even better, put your DIY skills to practice. Craft new decorations that are symbolic to you. Create puzzle wreaths and a cork star ornament, or new stockings made out of old sweaters.
Getting together with family and friends is always a good excuse to go all out with food. It is easy to go overboard with quantities, and inevitable to have leftovers. To reduce food waste this season you can:
- Transform your leftovers into new dishes. For example, your juicy turkey can be turned into a turkey and veggie soup that will keep you warm this winter season.
- Couldn’t eat it all? Make the most out of your freezer. Don’t throw away that nice ham, bread rolls or stuffing. Freezing it will ensure you can enjoy it all again at a later date.
- Lastly, sharing is caring. Don’t be afraid to send your guests home with some leftovers or even share with your neighbors who may or may not be great at cooking.
Gift giving can be challenging when you want to show your appreciation to friends and family. Make your life easier by making something yourself. You will be sharing your unique skills and creating something custom especially for them. This can be some cookies in mason jars, or some coasters made out of old magazines, both accompanied by a lovely note. Don’t think you’re crafty enough and want to purchase something instead? It is always a good idea to ask for a wish list. People will still be surprised with what you choose, and even better, they will use it! And remember, presents don’t have to be material things. The best things in life are often experiences and thankfully annual passes can be tailored to tastes. Passes to the museum, to a rec center, or to Butchart Gardens are all very thoughtful and can be enjoyed thought the year. Another way to gift experiences is by giving quality time. A movie date voucher, a special dinner or a camping trip in the summer can help you stay connected with your loved ones to share not just ‘things’ but your valuable time.
Want more ideas on how to reduce waste this holiday season? Visit www.crd.bc.ca/memories