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Holidays: Waste-free gift ideas

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Picture your garbage bin the day after Christmas. Is it bursting with wrapping paper and ribbons? When it comes to exchanging presents this holiday season, the Chittenden Solid Waste District has four words of advice: reduce, reuse, recycle and reimagine. "A piece of paper, in our eyes, it's not trash," says Clare Innes, CSWD's marketing and communications coordinator. "It's something that can be made into another piece of paper." To help gift-givers share its vision, the waste-management branch publishes a list of Waste-Free Gift Ideas on its website. The eco-friendly tips — such as gifting ski passes or movie tickets instead of buying consumer goods — are easily adaptable for all ages and budgets. Without ever touching their piggy banks, kids can award their parents homemade coupons for back rubs or household chores. Adults can initiate cookie swaps among coworkers. And instead of using metallic or glittery wrapping papers — most of which are nonrecyclable — Innes suggests wrapping everything in newsprint. Good thing you've saved all those back issues of Kids VT.

Waste-free Gift Ideas: Info, 872-8111, cswd.net/reduce-and-reuse/waste-free-gifts.
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