Crumpling paper is a satisfying thing. Squeezing that red and green wrapping paper tight in your fist, tossing it into the trash–who hasn’t done that? The menfolk at Enviro Girl’s house take particular joy from the crumple and toss–especially when it comes to disposing of gift wrap and mail. And since most gift wrap isn’t recyclable, it’s important to resist crumpling it before you attempt a bank shot into the garbage can.
A simple experiment will demonstrate exactly why the crumple contributes to the Trash Factor, taking up unnecessary room in our garbage bags and landfills.
We begin with an empty shoe box and a stack of paper. (Enviro Girl used 8.5″ X 11″ multipurpose paper.) Lay the paper into the box. How many pieces can you fit? (Enviro Girl laid in one hundred.)
Good. Now pull out the paper and begin crumpling it up and setting it in the box. Now how many pieces can you fit? (Enviro Girl squeezed in ten.)
If you resist the urge to crumple, you save a LOT of space. Instead, fold your garbage paper and gift wrap flat and layer it in your garbage bags. You’ll use fewer garbage bags, you’ll conserve space in your garbage bin and you’ll make fewer trips taking out your trash. Your garbage collectors will thank you (especially the week after Christmas) and your landfills will thank you.
It’s a simple way to reduce the Trash Factor at Christmastime: Stop the Crumple.
Want to boost your Eco-Super-Powers? Pick up Great-Aunt Bertha’s habit of saving and recycling all the bows and ribbons, too!