Five ways to cut waste this holiday season


Seattle Public Utilities Becca Fong came to New Day NW to talk about creative ways we can seamlessly reduce, reuse, and recycle waste this season. #newdaynw

At this time of year, how often do you run out of space in your wastebasket or trash bin between shipping, wrapping paper and all the leftovers?

Seattle Public Utilities’ Becca Fong joined New Day NW to share five ways we can all reduce waste over the holidays.

Five ways to reduce vacation waste:

Shopping online: This type of shopping became particularly popular during the pandemic. Consider letting items marinate in your online shopping cart for a while. Are you thinking, “Do I really need this?” It can look really tempting. Select as few boxes as possible when purchasing. This saves transport costs and packaging, which has an enormous impact on the environment.

Personal shopping: When you shop in person, it is very good for the environment to go to small stores. Less goods transport and less packaging compared to online shopping. Also, bring your own bag. When you find these cool items to buy, go for quality items that won’t break apart easily. You can find great handmade items. It is even better if they are used and recycled. Brands like Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, REI and even online stores like Poshmark all have great options for new and used clothing through their online stores.

Wrapping paper / packaging: Use again and again. You can be resourceful and creative when wrapping gifts. You can wrap with old fabrics like an old shirt or handkerchief. Wrapping paper, which consists mainly of recyclable paper, is also good to use. If the paper is too plasticized, it belongs in the trash. Brown paper is ideal. Gift bags are also a great idea, because you can definitely reuse them. If a wrapping paper is made of more than 50% foil, it belongs in the trash.

Holiday decorations: You can make great Christmas decorations out of plants that you find in the area, such as invasive species or plants that fall over in storms. You can use plants to create bunches that can help green the space around the house. Plus they’re all compostable! Another important note is to make sure that any decorations you buy are quality decorations that will not fall apart and will last for years. This prevents you from having to buy more. You might want decorations that are new to you, so consider buying from the thrift store or swapping with a friend. Vintage decor is a cute look right now too.

Reducing food waste: There is so much to eat after Thanksgiving and it can be difficult to deal with. If your cooking up a big meal, shop smart for what you need. The main thing is to manage your leftovers. Leftovers can be a really nice gift to bring home to guests. You can even have fun with containers and labeling. If you have too much to eat before it goes bad, put it in a ziplock bag and freeze it.

If you have any questions about recycling and composting, you can email “Ask Evelyn” at SPU. You can stay up to date with the latest from SPU Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tick ​​tock.

Segment producer Rebecca Perry. Regard New day northwest 11 a.m. on weekdays KING 5 and stream it live on Contact New Day.


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