Tips for Post-Holiday Cleanup

The holiday season can get a bit messy between the gift wrapping, tree picking, and feasts. It’s easy to choose disposable cutlery and throw away extra gift wrapping paper, but every choice we make plays a role in a larger, environmental impact. Here are some ways to go about your holiday cleanup, some of which can save your wallet too.


Save the wrapping paper

No, you don’t need to carefully unwrap your gifts in hopes of using it for a present you will gift someone else, but do save the wrapping paper that you don’t use. Simply store the rolls in a close or garage for the next present you wrap.

 Recycle what you can

Many gift bags and wraps are made of paper and can be recycled. Many food containers, like cans, are also recyclable.

Save the newspaper

Wrap your lights around rolled up newspapers or magazines to prevent frustrating tangled lights next year.

Compost before trash

Many food scraps are compostable like potato skins and citrus peels. Compost serves as usable fertilizer for your garden and can help divert waste from landfills.

Opt for natural cleaners

Before grabbing a bottle of chemicals, try a natural cleaner first. Here are some ideas for an all-purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner, and more.


Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022

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