It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of celebrating someone you love. But as with any gift-giving holiday, a lot of trash ends up filling our landfills from wrapping paper, bows, and unwanted gifts. Try doing these four swaps when to keep your lower your gift-giving carbon footprint.
Wrap your gift with paper bags.
For those who have saved up lots of paper bags from grocery shopping, use those paper bags to mimic butcher paper gift wrapping. Just cut off the handles and tape up any seams. It's also a popular style to wrap Christmas gifts, so keep this in mind for when the holidays roll around.
Give him something he needs.
Instead of gifting a tie to add to his collection, give Dad something that he'll use every day. Blackout window treatments are perfect to ensure his sleep is undisturbed by neighbor floodlights or a bright street lamp.
Gift an experience rather than something physical.
Rather than gifting a physical item, gift Dad with a day full of his favorite things to do, like a day of hiking in his favorite national park or a surprise picnic in the backyard. Had a plan to travel for father's day but are sheltering in place? Recreate a meal or activity emulating your travel destinations!
Shop gifts in person instead of online.
With online shopping making gift purchases as easy as saying "Alexa, order a tie for Dad", the appeal is understandable. But your carbon footprint from having it shipped to your door will be significantly larger than if you were to pick up your gift in person. Luckily, with curbside pick up now available at most retailers, you can still shop online and be more mindful of your carbon impact.