Scots expected to use enough wrapping paper to wrap around the nation’s coast, twice!
Zero Waste Scotland is asking the nation’s residents to be less wasteful this Christmas by recycling presents, gifting experiences, and going electronic.
Christmas is the season of overindulgence, extravagance, and celebration. The time of year when no one expects an excuse for overeating or stretching the budget.
According to Zero Waste Scotland, Scots will use over 19 million miles of wrapping paper, send over 95 million Christmas cards, and waste an estimated 50 million tonnes of leftover food.
To reduce the inevitable wastage, Zero Waste Scotland has shared its top tips for making 2016 a ‘green’ Christmas:
- Instead of giving a physical gift this year, consider gifting an experience, such as a ticket to a concert, a supercar driving day, or a meal at a fancy restaurant.
- … Or even better, give a subscription or membership for a gift that brings joy the whole year round.
- Send electronic Christmas cards this year or buy cards that have been produced from recycled paper.
- Check out quality second-hand shops or antique stores to find something special to gift a loved one.
- Recycle old paper or magazines to create unique wrapping paper.
- Avoid overspending in the supermarket by making a shopping list and checking it twice! If in doubt, chuck it out (of your trolley).
Speaking of gifting experiences, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Scotland is really leading the way on growing the circular economy, so it’s fantastic to see gift options emerging that let people give more meaningful presents that are unique and better for the environment.”
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