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How to Shop Low-Impact During the Holidays

By Stephanie Osmanski

Keeping up a low-impact lifestyle during the holidays can be a bit tricky, especially while living in a society that thrives on consumerism. Did you know the US produces 25 million tons of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s alone? While the holiday season may be festive, there’s no denying that it can also be pretty wasteful.

The statistic takes several factors into consideration — gift-wrap and food waste among them, but one of the key components of holiday waste is the shopping. Buying presents creates waste whether you shop online or in person; in-person, harmful car emissions infiltrate the environment and single-use plastic bags are used to bag items, and online, unnecessary packaging often accompanies orders. How do we cut this waste?

Keep reading for tips on how to shop low-impact during the holidays!

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