Holiday Tips from the Rye Brook Sustainability Committee


This holiday season, consider giving friends and relatives sustainable gifts. 

            Some ideas include:

T  Reusable bags that can be folded into a small bundle for easy transportation

T  Reusable portable metal straws that as an alternative to disposable straws

T  Reusable travel mugs and water bottles

T  A plant, seed packets or potted herbs

T  Organic wine

T  Reusable sandwich bags

T  A compost bin for your Rye Brook neighbor—buy yours at Village Hall!

T  Instead of giving a tangible item, give an “experience”, such as theatre tickets, sports tickets, adventure experiences or other activities

T  Donate to a charity in the name of the gift recipient

T  A gift certificate to a company that provides imperfect produce (such as produce that does not look appealing or that has a bruise or other blemish) for meal preparation.

 Imperfect produce often goes to waste, so by using that produce, waste is reduced.

Some other holiday tips:

T Use paper, non-metallic gift wrap that can be recycled. Or better yet, wrap gifts in old newspaper, paper bags, maps, calendars or re-usable gift bags

T Consider using a real tree, rather than a synthetic one. If you use a tree, it can be placed on your curb on green waste day and it will be composted.


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