Well, holiday shopping has already begun folks. And with our growing populations, emissions, and landfills, it's important we're trying our best to not have a wasteful end to 2019.
You may think this article isn't necessary, but here are a few facts that might change your mind:
Some of these problems are from our individual negligence - littering, for example. However, most of these is because our waste is not handled properly. Especially since China no longer has the need to buy U.S. recycling. So, many people around the world have started taking matters into their own hands. If we can't trust our products to be recycled responsibly, we're going to stop using them. This movement is called zero-waste, or the adapted version: low-waste. And its growing popularity manifests here in Florida, too.
Thus, I'm here to help you skate through to the new year, hassle free, while adopting some low-waste practices. I've broken this down to two main parts: preparation and gifts. But first, I would like to point out that these practices are not uncommon. For decades, folks have celebrated holidays sustainably, simply by trying to save money. I recognize that this article comes from a place of privilege, because those who haven't had the luxury of buying new, don't see the point in reading these tips. However, since our wasteful habits seems to be more normalized every year, it's important we remember the value in making gifts, repurposing items, growing your own food, forgoing lengthy flights, and more.
Between Hanukkah, Christmas, and general shopping after Thanksgiving, loads of material goods are purchased. Unfortunately for you shop-o-holics, our consumerism isn't ideal for the environment, or your wallet... But I understand the traditions that ensue this time of year, so let's get your shopping craving filled correctly.
Not all of these are clothing stores- some are grocery (for your gift ideas and menu), some are restaurants (gift cards and date nights)
I hope you've learned something from this sustainable guide. Let's end 2019 by not buying single-use plastics and saving money for 2020.