As the holidays creep closer and closer with the decorations and first fall of snow, the stress around gift giving becomes almost palpable. On top of the stress on each other, gift giving can definitely stress out our wallets and our planet. According to a Stanford study, it is estimated that we create 25% more waste during the holiday season than at any other time during the year! There are ways to limit all of these negative effects during the holidays, and this is exactly what we aim to show you in this sustainable holiday guide because it shouldn’t be difficult and complicated to do the right thing!

For the sustainability you don’t yet know.

Written by Olivia Lafreniere, Jasmine Gadoua & Victoria Paul

As the holidays creep closer and closer with the decorations and first fall of snow, the stress around gift giving becomes almost palpable. On top of the stress on each other, gift giving can definitely stress out our wallets and our planet. According to a Stanford study, it is estimated that we create 25% more waste during the holiday season than at any other time during the year! There are ways to limit all of these negative effects during the holidays, and this is exactly what we aim to show you in this sustainable holiday guide because it shouldn’t be difficult and complicated to do the right thing!

In this holiday gift-giving guide we have separated the ways to be more sustainable this holiday season in four categories:

1. Reduce your waste

2. Reuse and repurpose wrapping and gifts

3. Recycle what you cannot reduce or reuse

4. Rethink what gift-giving means

This guide will give you guidance on the most unwanted and returned gifts, tips to purchase more mindfully, alternatives to non-recyclable wrapping paper, guidance on choosing the right gifts for each person, our JSEC wishlist and so much more! Go to our JSEC Instagram for a holiday giveaway and the chance to win some of the mentioned items and experiences from our holiday gift-giving guide! 

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