We often overlook the tremendous amount of waste generated during special occasions and celebrations. From the wrapping paper to the packaging, traditional gift-giving practices can be surprisingly wasteful. Aussies use about 8,000 mature trees for gift wrap each year. Gift wrap is mostly non-recyclable as it uses too much ink. Fortunately, there are many easy and creative ways to reduce waste when giving presents and wrapping them.
The first step to reducing waste in gift-giving is to select items that align with sustainability. Consider gifts that are long-lasting, functional, or consumable.
Some ideas include:
The next step is to be mindful of how you wrap your presents. Traditional wrapping paper often ends up in the trash, contributing to unnecessary waste. Instead, try these eco-friendly alternatives:
Decorating gifts can be just as fun as the gift itself, but it often results in a mountain of single-use items that end up in the trash. Consider these sustainable options:
If you’ve chipped in for a gift through GroupTogether, YOU ROCK! In the last year, you helped save:
Life’s busy. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you to collect money from a group. Less wasted time, less packaging waste, and spending a little less but giving a lot better!