No Big Black Bag on Christmas Morning

December 20, 2016

Prepare for Christmas morning, or whenever you are exchanging gifts, with a few handy containers to avoid things from all heading to the trash. (And if you stuff this all into a big black garbage bag, then trust me, it’s all headed to the trash). Our handy guide keeps it simple: Reuse Set up a […]

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Handmade Holidays

November 28, 2016

Do It Yourself My husband is awesome with a sewing machine. He’s made upcycled bike pannier bags, tote bags, mittens, and more for holiday gifts. Together we’ve made chalkboard mugs and homemade dog biscuits for friends and I often give people upcycled jewelry I’ve made. Of course, if you plan on making stuff yourself you […]

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Experience Based Gifts – More Fun, Less Waste!

The holidays – a time to get together with friends and family, share laughs and spread joy, give and receive gifts, and create a ton of waste in the process.  Sorry, TONS of waste. Across the country, an average of 25% more waste is brought to the curb between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Here […]

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Gift Giving with the Person (and the planet) in Mind.

November 24, 2015

With America’s biggest shopping day of the year creeping into Thanksgiving, it seems like a good time to step back and think about how we want to spend our holidays. Before we get caught up in holiday shopping it’s a good time to remember that as consumers when we shop is when we have the […]

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Recycle Right at Your Gift Exchange

December 17, 2014

Hopefully, you’ve chosen gifts well suited for the recipient, bought them an experience, or made them something yourself. Whatever you chose for your gifts, here’s a guide to dealing with the inevitable waste from your gift exchange this year. Before your party – set up a quick station using any kind of container to separate […]

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10 Ideas For Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

December 9, 2014

Now that we’re in the thick of the busiest time of year for shopping (and hence, waste making) it’s the perfect time to think about how as consumers, when we shop is when we have the most control over the most important “R” of Reduce Reuse & Recycle. REDUCE. (AKA: Waste Prevention!) Each of these […]

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10 Post-Thanksgiving Activities To Avoid Black Friday

November 19, 2014

  Ironically, Black Friday – the day that has come to symbolize our culture’s obsession with more and more stuff – has now officially crept into Thanksgiving – the one day we have set aside to gather and celebrate our gratitude for our relationships, our health, and all the things we already have.  Not surprisingly, […]

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DIY Upcycled Handmade Gift Ideas

December 2, 2013

  With the holidays approaching, I find myself looking for unique, upcycled or handmade gifts ideas I can make for others. Handmade gifts are fun to make, can be personalized and thoughtful, and avoid the waste and consumerism most associated with this time of year. These are some of the best sites I found because […]

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The Gift of Warm Fuzzies

December 11, 2012

There’s something about a gift that is hand-made by a friend or a family member that just gives you warm fuzzies. It’s probably a combination of the time spent, the thought expended, and the love that goes into it that makes hand-made gifts so appealing. Hand-made gifts are usually much more ecological than store-bought, as […]

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It’s a Wrap!

December 4, 2012

  Good things come in small packages, right? The best things, however, come in reusable or recyclable packaging. At least that’s what we believe here at Rethink Waste Project. Years ago someone gave me a box of fine Belgian Chocolates. As a chocolate lover, the gift was welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed. The box, however, became […]

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