Another Great Way to Recycle Holiday Gift Materials
Happy New Year 2010 Everyone! We’ll be entering into our third year at Easy Ways to Go Green, come this next April. Very exciting. In this post, we offer one more ridiculously easy way to maximize holiday recycling efforts. If the holidays have you concerned about consumption and needless wasting of precious materials like paper, then check out the great tip below that I picked up from my sister this year.
Turning Holiday Cards Into Next Year’s Gift Cards
The basic premise here is that you take your stack of Christmas cards — the ones that you received this year from friends, relatives and co-workers. Don’t throw them out as you may have in years past! Instead, let’s use them for next year’s gift cards. Those are the ones that (maybe you have bought in the past) you attach to everyone’s Christmas presents letting them know who the gift is from and to whom it’s going.
Step 1: Recycling This Year’s Holiday Cards
Ok. Select a card to be recycled. Typically, as luck would have it, no one writes on the inside of the card’s left-hand side: the one on the opposite side of the front image. Perfect! Cut out a rectangle shape that includes an image (whole or part), set of colors or pattern that you can picture becoming the front of a new gift card.
Step 2: Recycling This Year’s Holiday Cards
Set the cut-out of the card flat so you can see the idea take shape more realistically. If the card is blank on the under-side, then you’re all set. The last step is just to take the rectangular cut-out, and fold it in half. This should create a new miniature card: one that is perfect for next year’s gift wrapping and presentation!
Step 3: Recycling This Year’s Holiday Cards
Fold the card in half, trim off any excess to create a perfect square or rectangle without any overlap. Then, save the new gift cards in a little place or safe place (maybe with your recycled wrapping paper for next year’s presents, or holiday decorations to be reused). Next year, take out your cards and write your “To’s” and “From’s” so you make sure everyone on your list receives exactly what you got for them!
And this isn’t the only holiday-oriented paper that you can easily recycle, with just a tiny bit of effort. With the onslaught of holiday parties, church gatherings, large dinners at public venues, Christmas plays and pageants, chances are you end up with a handful of event wrist bracelets, raffle tickets, announcement cards and more. All of these are recyclable too, so don’t forget to treat them as paper or plastic (on a case by case basis), and dispose of them in the recycling bin.