10 Tips to Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season

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All month we are celebrating reducing our waste. We have created a list of things for you to keep in mind going into the holiday season. However you choose to be spending the next few months, the festive spirit is in the air. With holiday gatherings and celebrations coming into focus there are many opportunities to reduce your environmental footprint. Here are 10 tips to help you do the holidays greener. 

1. Shopping local: 

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Thoughtful gifts bought locally have true value and decrease your carbon footprint. Eating local produce not only reduces your footprint but it gives you a better sense of community and knowing who and where your food is coming from. https://www.localfirstaz.com/10-reasons-to-buy-local

2. Preserving produce so it doesn’t spoil: 

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Plan out your grocery list for what you need, use ice on your way home from the store to ensure lettuce and perishables don’t go to waste. Eat your leftovers, or freeze them along with many produce items that you can’t eat fast enough. On November 9th come down and learn how to preserve produce at the market with, “Fermenting with Garden Goddess”

3. Use reusable shopping bags: 

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The market offers many reusable bag alternatives, canvas bags and coolers make shopping easy and your food last longer during your traveling.

 

4. Bring home leftovers with a dish from home:

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Going to relatives for dinner? Bring your own reusable containers to avoid using plastic bags when the party is over. Hosting? Have reusable containers ready, to send home with your guest.

4. Avoid using paper or plastic dishware for get-togethers: 

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Opt for glassware or reusable sturdy plastic plates for the kiddos. Reusable straws are a wonderful alternative to plastic. (insert vendor that sells them)

6. Use washable cloth napkins and table linens:

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As a greener alternative to paper towels and plastic table coverings, use washable linens. Linens can be rewashed and used over and over again. When your kitchen is covered with your holiday baking you’ll be grateful that you won’t ever run out of towels.  

7. Resue paper gift wrapping 

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Use paper bags to cut into wrapping paper for boxes or bright cloth bags for a festive finish. Reuse your ribbon or, use string, raffia, or yarn to tie your gifts. Newspapers and old holiday cards can be used for gift tags.

8. Give one thoughtful gift rather than many 

Friends and family members will value a gift that real thought went into. This saves money, time and waste. Personal gifts like tickets to a concert, sporting event or festival that you can do together will be valued and remembers far longer than a material object or gag gift. 

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9. Create group beverage stations during your gatherings:

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As an alternative to setting up a cooler filled with water bottles and soda, options make a pitcher of lemonade, punch, flavored water with seasonal citrus slices, and have reusable cups available. Just a few slices of lemons or oranges, pomegranate seeds or fresh mint will make your water station pop!

10. Get Crafty: abundance-assorted-baskets-3043328

If you are more crafty and skilled with crochet hooks or knitting needles create your own shopping bags. If not, step up your DIY skills by assembling your own gift baskets right at the market. Gather little gifts and put them all together in a woven basket from (insert link) to create a one of a kind locally sourced gift basket that is sure to please. 

Upcoming events to look forward to!

  http://phxpublicmarket.com/openair/events

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