MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - According to Keep Midland Beautiful, one of every $11 spent on gifts goes to packaging. Approximately 373 million greeting cards, 35 million cut trees, 29 million rolls of wrapping paper and 17 million bows will be purchased this holiday season.
To help trim your holiday trash, save landfills and money, KMB suggests:
· Don’t box it. Package your gifts in baskets, tins, bags or containers that can be reused.
· For holiday parties, choose reusable plates, cups, linens and utensils.
· Choose gifts such as a battery charger, coffee makers with reusable filters, refillable writing pens and reusable razors.
· Avoid gifts that are obviously over-packaged.
KMB also state, each year the average family throws away enough stuff to fill up their entire house, and even with recycling, each American still sends 1,150 pounds of trash to the landfill.
For more tips on how to reduce waste and give back to the environment, visit KeepMidlandBeautiful.org.