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Good Wraps: This Month, Get Crafty (and Cut Costs) with Beautifully Ordinary Packaging Materials from around the House

Magazine article Sunset

Good Wraps: This Month, Get Crafty (and Cut Costs) with Beautifully Ordinary Packaging Materials from around the House

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Keep it simple: more ideas for reducing holiday waste

CHRISTMAS TREES Rent a live tree, or buy one that can be planted in your backyard. To learn more about rental programs in your city, visit livingchristmastrees.org (Portland), adoptachristmastree.com(San Diego), or fuf.net (San Francisco). CORRESPONDENCE Send electronic greetings, party invitations, and annual newsletters. For a large selection of e-cards and e-stationery, try shopiomoi.com DECOR Resist the urge to buy plastic ribbon and seasonal accessories. Instead, choose reusable decorations and vintage ornaments, and find new uses for everyday objects. For example, invert Champagne flutes or cocktail glasses to serve as bases for pillar candles (decorate the stems with colorful ribbon). FOOD Compost scraps and be mindful of the quantity of food you cook. Marking too much wastes money and resources. Donate the cash you save to a local food bank; visit feedingamerica.org for locations.

TABLE SETTINGS For dinner parties, forgo paper goods or tableware, and designate one cloth napkin, plate, and glass per person. …

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