After Thursday’s feast, while the oven cools and guests settle into pie-induced naps, the official countdown begins for the holiday season. This Friday, consider sleeping in and making a different list to check twice: one that is filled with experiences instead of more stuff. Does anyone really need another scarf or steak knife set?
Giving experiences is a wonderful way to support the local economy, reduce waste and share something unique with the people you care about. Gift certificates can be purchased for just about anything you can imagine - favorite restaurants, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing or cooking classes, jewelry-making lessons, kid’s camps, zoo and museum memberships, as well as tickets for sporting events, musical performances and local theater productions.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of the year, which translates into an extra million tons of waste generated nationwide each week. Holiday waste is generated not just from the stuff we purchase, but from all of the packaging that comes with it (and around it), the fuel used to transport it, and all of the single-use wrapping paper and ribbons used to wrap everything up. Never fear! Giving does not need to create waste. This holiday season give the landfill a break and save time, money and natural resources by giving experiences.