No Waste Holiday Ideas

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On an average day, a typical Minnesotan creates roughly six pounds of waste. But from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons -- it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to the nation's garbage piles.

And it's not just trash. The average American spends $800 on gifts over the holiday season. Think about your time and energy spent driving all around town looking at so much stuff. It's no wonder that so many people get stressed out during the holidays!

Annual holiday polls by the Center for a New American Dream reflect a shift in attitude, with a focus on having more personal fulfillment and a less-stressful holiday season. Sometimes the most treasured gifts we can give are our time, love and energy.

In the spirit of giving, we've gathered some holiday gift ideas that create less waste and more memories. These tips are easy to adopt and require little or no effort.

To view the tips, ideas and additional information visit

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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Waste Prevention
Environmentally Preferable Products
Source Reduction
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Citizen and Youth Groups
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