Exchanging gifts is a central component of holiday celebration
When you think of gifts, you automatically think of festive wrapping paper. And as nice as it looks, most of us can agree it’s also a big waste of resources. Here are some discouraging facts about that pretty paper that’s produced exclusively for the purpose of being thrown away:
- Each year, approximately 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper is produced in the U.S.
- 2.3 million pounds of wrapping paper ends up in landfills
- Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable due to coatings and colorants used in its manufacture, and
- Much of it is produced in Asia, necessitating thousands of miles of resource-gobbling and pollution-causing transport.
So, rather than participating in the polluting, tree- and resource-wasting practice of using traditional gift wrap, consider these alternatives:
- Wrap gifts in recyclable or reusable materials, like newsprint or fabric
- Don’t wrap gifts at all
- Use 100% recyclable and compostable wrapping paper, and
- Give non-physical gifts that don’t need wrapping, like experiences or tickets to events.
Did you know that in addition to community investment, Alpine Bank has a green initiative?