Holidays for Earth

BREAKING NEWS (Coldspring, TX): Holiday Earth Friendly Reminders Part 1.

Today, two simple, important reminders here for you, Santa, the elves, holiday-gift givers and anyone else who will be acquiring and presenting gifts to loved ones this season. Let’s talk about shopping bags and wrapping paper!

1.) BRING YOUR OWN BAG! to the stores for holiday shopping. Not just for groceries (but that is an awesome start!) but for gift-buying too.

It is seriously the #1 way you can alter your everyday or every week actions to deliberately help the environment. And there are so many options now – you can pay a bit more (usually $1-$10) and get a nice plain or decorated tote from your favorite store to carry your gift home. A gift for them, a gift for you.And – that reusable bag is most likely 100% non-see through for the gift-peekers in your life.

My favorite type of bag to use is a Chico Bag, it stuffs into itself, fitting easily in my purse for every time I need it. I take out my purchases at the car or else bring along several if I am making stops at several stores.  Here’s 4 for $20 at Amazon with free shipping!

2.) Wrapping paper 101: Simply put, don’t use it – there are better and more reusable ways! Brown paper bags (from those times you forgot your reusable grocery bags and couldn’t stand the thought of coming home with a wad of plastic ones), newspapers (I collect a thin stack from my travels and save them for wrapping gifts throughout the year), old maps (thank you Philmont map piles!). You can seek old paper products at thrift shops. If you MUST have that beautiful, shiny, rolled paper product, do your part and find some made of recyclable material and sourced from sustainable forest initiative company members. I have also encouraged my family to invest in reusable ribbon or gift boxes that can double as memento storage after the holidays.

Some food for thought on this as you go about the rest of your day – this excerpt is from

Fact : Wrapping paper and shopping bags account for about 4 million tons of trash each year in the U.S. It is estimated that if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields and if they reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. Due to the materials( dyed, coated, laminated, plasticetc ) wrapping paper and ribbon are typically difficult to be recycled.”

Anybody else have some great ideas for what to use as wrapping paper? Please share in the comments below!

More holiday Earth-friendly reminders coming at ya soon! Stay tuned right here.

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3 thoughts on “Holidays for Earth

  1. Wow, thanks for the post on this topic. I never thought of taking my own bag for that type of shopping, but always hated trying to figure out what to do with them when home. This year I’m wrapping all my gifts in my University’s newspaper! I’ve seen them all laying around in stacks for weeks and, besides trying to figure out how to recycle them all, have been thinking about repurposing ideas. So much more unique than wrapping paper too!


  2. Reblogged this on Anna-F-Thorne and commented:
    This post was written by Sarah on a subject I was about to tackle myself! I met Sarah this summer at Philmont. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging when it comes to learning how to respect this beautiful planet. Someone I look up to! Let’s reuse as much as possible this Christmas and use our initiatives as a catalyst for the remainder of the year!


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