Each year, from Thanksgiving to New Years, our waste increases by about 25%. We wanted to share a few of our tips for reducing waste over the holidays and sourcing gifts that matter. One of our favorite zero waste gifts are experiences -- a meal in the wild, cabin in the woods, outdoor concert or adventure -- all great ways to protect and enjoy!
Another alternative to more ‘stuff’, we also encourage you to think about donating to nonprofits on behalf of a loved one or friend. Below are some of our nonprofits partners fighting to protect our oceans:
Save the Waves Protects coastal ecosystems around the world in partnership with local communities
Surfrider Foundation Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches.
5 Gyres Empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure
Plastic Pollution Coalition A growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways, and oceans, and the environment.
Kokua Hawaii Foundation Supports garden and environmental education in schools across the Hawaiian islands.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii Inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups, and educational programs
Lonely Whale An incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful change on behalf of our ocean.
Algalita Connecting young people with scientist, experts, politicians and businesses to have real conversations about plastic consumption.
When choosing products, take a moment to think about how you can decrease the amount of waste, both upstream and downstream, you’re creating. Giving the gift of durable, long-lasting products sourced from responsible material will contribute to a healthier planet and keep plastics out of our ocean. Be a conscious consumer this holiday season and think about how your products are made and what materials are used to make them. At Bureo, we try to design and build products with durability and sustainability in mind. Check out this animation to see how our NetPlus material is collected and repurposed:https://vimeo.com/294637294.
Below are some tips to give the gift of sustainability:
Gift reusables! Single-use plastics are killing our oceans. Give the gift of reusables to keep single-use plastics out of our environment. One million plastic bottles are used every minute. Switch out that single-use plastic bottle for a reusable bottle to save millions of plastic bottles from entering our environment. Coffee or tea lover in your life? Help keep the 500 billion single-use cups ending up in our landfill each year by gifting a reusable cup. Our friend Lauren Singer opened up The Package Free Shop. Check out their alternatives to everyday single-use plastic items:
Use natural products to wrap Christmas presents! Wrapping paper is expensive and is usually lamented with a plastic coating. Instead, use recycled paper, newspaper or reusable bags. Think simply about how to wrap your gifts! Ditch the plastic ribbons and use twine or string instead. Less is more. Check out the Kokua Hawaii Foundation Simplifying the Holidays for tips to wrapping with old cereal boxes.
A few of our other favorite companies with responsible products to support:
Arvin Goods -www.arvingoods.com
Package Free Shop - https://packagefreeshop.com/
More helpful links to greener Holiday giving below:
Lauren Singer, Trash is for Tossers http://trashisfortossers.com/zero-waste-holidays-decorating-and-shopping/
Package Free Shop https://packagefreeshop.com/collections/laurens-gift-guide
Kokua Hawaii Foundation https://kokuahawaiifoundation.org/images/ugc/uploads/KHF_STH_Educator_Resource_Guide_Vol_2.pdf
Plastic Pollution Coalition https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2016/12/16/5-ways-to-reduce-plastic-for-the-holidays