by April Reinhardt
(last updated December 26, 2016)
Because I am such a frugal and practical person, each year when I wrap gifts I think of the cost of the wrappings, trimmings, and bows, and what a waste it is to throw away something that cost so much. Most times, I use as little wrap as I can, saving the remainder for subsequent gift-giving events. At Christmas, I certainly always save shirt boxes and bows and recycle them year after year, until they finally fall apart and I am forced to throw them away.
There is the packaging of the items themselves to deal with, as well. For instance, I bought a flying saucer for our eight-year-old daughter several Christmases ago. The saucer was sealed in a tough, plastic package. To gain access to the gift, I had to use heavy-duty scissors to cut through the hard plastic. It took about ten minutes to complete the process, all the while Abby sat in anticipation of touching the saucer inside. What is the proper way to dispose of such a container? Do you simply toss it out with the garbage, or do you throw it in your recycle bin?
Follow these guidelines for choosing eco-friendly gift wrappings and properly disposing of wrappings and packaging:
Also, it is a good idea to contact your trash service and ask about removal of large boxes, such as those that computer monitors, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and large TV screens come in. Simply because you set large items at your curb does not mean that the trash service will pick them up. Do not assume they will. If in doubt, call them to make sure.
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