Zero Waste Holiday Resources

E-GREETINGS OR HOLIDAY POSTCARDS

Send your holiday wishes electronically this year or consider postcards which eliminate the envelope and save on stamps too! PaperCulture.com uses recycled paper and even plants a tree with every order!

NATURAL ORNAMENTS

Use or craft ornaments made of wood, glass, cotton, linen or other materials that can be composted or recycled when their useful life comes to an end.

DRAWSTRING BAGS FOR GIFTING

Make or purchase fabric bags instead of wrapping paper and reuse them next year if the recipients leave them behind. Especially great for odd-shaped gifts!

TIOLI WORKSHOP CANDLES

Join us on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Katonah Village Library for this free candle-making workshop using repurposed wax and holders from the TIOLI shed.

ECO-FRIENDLY DECORATIONS

Skip purchasing one-time use and plastic decorations and opt instead for recycled items such as ribbon from last year, natural elements like pine cones or fruit in a bowl or holiday cards strung together for a festive accent.

REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags as you head out to the local stores or mall to do your shopping. And while you are there, tell them to forgo¬†¬†wrapping clothing purchases in tissue paper.

JUNK MAIL STOPPING CLICKS

Each time you receive an unwanted catalog, log-on to CatalogChoice.org to request that your address be removed from the mailing list.

LOCAL GIFTS

Support our local merchants and reduce the packing materials, boxes and delivery truck emissions associated with online purchases.

STRANDS OF LED LIGHTS

LED lights last up to 10 times longer and use 80% less energy than incandescent lights and they are more durable. Be sure to recycle your old lights!

EXPERIENCE GIFTS, GIFT CARDS AND DONATIONS

Consider tickets to events and gift cards for experiences rather than highly packaged gifts. Or make a donation to Bedford 2020 in honor of an environmentalist on your list.

ZERO WASTE MEALS

Calculate how much food you really need at Savethefood.com, set the table with linens and real plates and silverware, encourage guests to bring  reusable containers to take leftovers home, and compost the rest.

RESOLUTION FOR THE NEW YEAR

Resolve to reduce your carbon footprint in 2020! Join us at our Summit on April 19th to find out even more ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community. More details to come.