Waste-free Gift Ideas from Palo Alto Community Members
This year, rather than giving more ‘stuff’, that eventually ends up in our landfills, consider giving ‘non-stuff’ gifts such as experiences, services and donations. Palo Alto community members have offered their ideas for giving great gifts without all the waste.
“As a gift, we’ll take our grandkids to the Junior Museum. No packaging, no batteries, just great memories!” — Lora S.
“My favorite gift idea is a ‘coupon’ for a home-made cake or casserole.” — Carol R.
“This year, I’m giving the gift of touch, a bodywork session for a close friend.” – Alona J.
“My husband and I got horseback riding lessons as a gift—what a fun experience!” – Rebecca N.
While we’re filling our bellies this holiday season, we shouldn't be filling landfills with perfectly good food!
Plan ahead to make sure all those leftovers don’t get wasted.
Bring to-go containers. Ask your dinner guests to bring a food storage container and send them home with some leftovers. This way, you won’t be stuck with a month’s worth of food, and everyone gets to enjoy an extra slice of pumpkin pie.
Your freezer is your friend. Freeze leftovers and enjoy a nice treat next month when you want a delicious meal. Read more about how to store your leftovers and how long they will last here.
Plan out your meal. Sounds simple, but holiday stress is usually just the thing to prompt us to unnecessarily triple every recipe for fear of running out. Try to make only what you need, wasting food not only has an extreme environmental impact, but can also cause you to blow your budget and/or over eat. For tips on how to shop smart, store food properly, and eat what you've purchased visit our Food: Too Good To Waste webpage www.cityofpaloalto.org/foodwaste