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15 Tips for a plastic-free holiday

Here, courtesy of the Goody Awards, are 15 tips for reducing your plastic footprint this holiday season:


1. Encourage your company to have a Green Plastic-Free Holiday Party

2. BYO – Bring your own utensils, cups, containers, and straws to holiday parties and gatherings

3. Instead of plastic, use washable plates, cups and utensils or paper / bamboo products that are easy to recycle or reuse

4. Use candles for mood lighting versus plastic lights 5. Reuse food containers for holiday leftovers


1. Buy plastic-free gifts – You can buy gifts from local artists with more sentimental meaning. You can also knit, cook or paint your own gift.

2. Give away metal straws and reusable utensils as party favors/employee gifts to encourage everyday green habits

3. Give the gift of cash versus trash

4. Buy music gift certificates on iTunes vs. CDs

5. Make your own wrapping paper and use paper not synthetic ribbon


1. Take your own cotton bag shopping to the grocery store, Best Buy, and department stores

2. Buy juice in a box carton versus a plastic bottle or make your own fresh fruit drinks using the farmer’s market fruit in a blender.

3. Buy from bulk food bins at grocery stores like Whole Foods to avoid plastic packaging

4. Support local artists by buying gifts that are plastic-free.

5. Bake cookies for tree decorations and pass on the tinsel.

The Goody Awards is launching their Have a Green Plastic-Free Holiday campaign in connection with the Golden Goody Award (aka Oscar for social good) presentation to Anna Cummins of 5 Gyres at a UN Women’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter event on December 8th. Congratulations, Anna! And if you can't be there in person, join in her spirit of saving marine fish and wildlife from the plastic pollution that is choking our planet's waterways. Your efforts to reduce plastic pollution  can make a difference this holiday season and year round.

Oh, and the snow people? They're from a plastic-free Christmas blogpost by our friends at Life less Plastic. Check it out, and Happy Holidays!

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