While household recycling isn’t the focus of what we do at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, we certainly believe that caring for the environment begins at home. Because our readers and customers always value knowing what they can do to help promote earth-friendly practices, we’re passing along some holiday-centered tips. As it turns out, repurposing used wrapping paper and abandoned greenery isn’t so challenging after all — especially if you're willing to get a little creative.
Create Next Year’s Holiday Postcards and Gift Tags
After you take your holiday cards down from the mantle, considering cutting them in half. Often the cardstock on the inner front cover is left blank, meaning that after cutting away the back cover, you’ll be left with an unused side which you can address as a postcard next holiday season, or recycle into a gift tag.
Make One-of-a-Kind Ornaments
Holiday cards on heavy stock also lend themselves to homemade tree ornaments and window decorations, when you cut out images from their covers. Whether it’s a lovely church, a jolly Santa, or a glowing candle, these festive paper images create an old-fashioned charm. Homemade ornaments are also a great way to repurpose ribbons and packaging twine. Punch a hole in your newly-made ornaments, thread the twine or ribbon through the holes, and tie them into a hanging loop.
Don’t Dump Those Sad Post-Holiday Trees!
Rather than waiting for a curbside pickup that may never come, keep your eyes peeled for community-sponsored shredding events for holiday trees, garlands, and wreaths. Often Scouts and other civic organizations will even come to your house to collect the used greenery. Alternatively, many town landfills set aside a special day for residents to drop trees and biodegradable holiday items off.
Repurpose the Greenery
If you’d rather find a practical use for post-holiday trees, they can be placed in buckets outside to shelter and feed wildlife. Hang the tree with birdseed “ornaments” and popcorn chains. Alternatively, stack boughs and garland swaths against exposed parts of your foundation, where they’ll provide extra insulation. In the spring, sweep up the fallen needles when you remove the branches, and you’ll have sweet-smelling mulch for the garden!
Save Those Gift Bags
Unlike wrapping paper, gift bags often come through the holidays intact. Carefully fold the bags your presents came in, for use when giving gifts next year. Bags that are too crumpled for re-gifting can still be utilized to organize your holiday lights and other seasonal decorations before you put it all away for the year.
Let’s Keep Making a Difference!
If you need more tips on how to responsibly recycle household items, check out our blog for practical and innovative tips. We’re also eager to let you know about the latest industry standards, along with commercial options that may be new to you. Contact us today at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources to learn more!