Other groups advocate not buying in to corporate marketers' encouragement to overconsume by participating in a "Buy Nothing Day" on "Black Friday." Almost every year, there are reports of several shoppers being trampled to death in the rush to be the first one into a store in this competitive buying orgy.
Of course, we all want to remember our loved ones with nice gifts, but it's worth remembering that quality is more important than quantity. And there are options other than wanton spending. If you have a talent for crafts, for example, your eco-minded friends would probably greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness, effort, and personal touch put into a handmade gift.
Even a simple process such as gift-wrapping can make a difference. Every year, tons of holiday waste are generated from discarded paper, bows, and ribbons.
Here are a few possible gift-wrapping options:
- When you receive gifts in nice wrapping paper, consider unwrapping them carefully instead of ripping them open. Paper, bows, and ribbons can be reused to wrap gifts you give.
- If you give a gift in a gift bag, the recipient is more likely to reuse it than throw it away.
- Instead of a paper gift bag, you may consider hand-making a cloth gift bag.
- Reuse attractive household materials. Many people use pages from the Sunday newspaper comics. You can also use attractive pages from magazines or paper from a map.