We appreciate the strong and dynamic Green Drinks community all year round but now this is a good time to remind you how special you are and that we appreciate all the efforts of you eco-warriors. May we together strive to continue building the community and expand green-consciousness.
Our next event will be held on Thursday the 12th of January at St. James Cavalier and will be held in conjunction with Malta Cafe Scientifique. The talk will be given by Dr Sandro Lanfranco and themed “Malta’s Coasts” and we will have some mingling Green Drinks style. The talk will start at 7pm. More info soon but mark it in your socio-educational calendars:)
Beneath you will find some info on how to wrap your presents in greener way…heed the advice and try some innovative wrapping this year!.
Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and New Year
Until we meet again…
Natalie Debono on behalf of the Green Drinks Team
Be a Green Wrap Star
By Melissa Breyer
The holidays are a time of family! joy! celebration!—and mountain ranges worth of trash. Employ these green wrapping tips and general holiday recycling advice to minimize your holiday waste without diminishing your holiday spirit.
The average consumer wraps 20 gifts during the holidays. If just three of those gifts were wrapped in reused paper or a paper alternative, the paper saved could cover 45,000 football fields!
- Use decorative newspaper ads, colorful pages from magazines, old book pages, music sheets, old maps, calendars, or Sunday comics to wrap with.
- Chances are that if you have a child, you have heaps of drawings and paintings that you are constitutionally unable to throw away. Make Junior proud and Grandma happy: Use that old art for wrapping paper.
- Wrap gifts in fabric, reusable cloth bags, pillowcases or baskets.
- Cut wrapping paper or children’s art to fit the top and bottom of a gift box and permanently attach it—that way the box can be reused without having the paper ripped to open it.
- Reuse old ribbons and wrapping paper (if wrinkled, press with a warm iron).
Use flowers, evergreen sprigs, rosemary sprigs (yum!), pinecones, yarn, or reusable hair ribbons instead of plastic bows.
- Use very little tape or none at all when wrapping to reduce rips so that paper can be reused.
- Use the fronts of old holiday cards as name tags for this year’s gifts.
Create a scavenger hunt in your home by hiding unwrapped gifts and giving each of your family members clues to find them.
- If buying new wrapping paper, purchase recycled-content paper.
There was a time when Emily Post would have suggested that reusing wrapping paper was tasteless, now it seems scandalous not to. But think beyond using used paper for next year’s gifts, it can be used for book covers, scrap books, drawer liners, and any number of craft projects.
There are almost 40 million fresh-cut Christmas trees sold in North America only and discarded every year. Imagine in the rest of the world. If you have opted for a fresh tree, turn your Christmas tree into chips that can be used in your garden.
Christmas Tree Decorations
Do not use tinsel on your tree, it disqualifies the tree for recycling and stray tinsel can be dangerous to wildlife. Purchase LED tree lights which use 90 percent less energy—also, their much longer lifespan (50,000 hours!) decreases the need for replacement. Use ornaments made from recycled and/or recyclable materials.
Too many Christmas dinner leftovers? Be sure to send your guests home with food to reduce food waste.
If a new gift challenges the tipping point of your closet space or room in the toy box, remember to donate what you no longer need and responsibly recycle what can’t be donated. Clothes and household items can go to a number of charity shops around the island. Make sure they are clean and in good working order. Toys can be donated to children’s hospitals, orphanages, preschools, homeless shelters and other places. Donated toys should be clean, safe and lead-free. Phones and electronics can be taken to cell phone or electronics stores for collection.