Christmas Compostables and Recyclables


Items you can compost and recycle after opening Christmas or other holiday gifts.

Holiday items that can be put in recycling and compost.

Items you can compost and recycle after opening Christmas or other holiday gifts. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I love, love, love Christmas and watching the boys open their presents. It's absolutely the biggest joy for me and way better than any gift I've ever gotten. The wonder of the holidays in their eyes... wow. There aren't any words.

The second best part? EATING. Haha. I got a roast from Costco that was already seasoned and really to put in the oven. EASY. Love. I'm so happy right now. I hope it's as amazing as it smells right now. We also made sous vide mashed potatoes the other night- my husband made enough for two nights, sealed the uncooked mashed potatoes in a bag, cooked the one bag in our sous vide machine and saved the other in the fridge. So today I just needed to heat up the sous vide and pop the bag in for a couple hours. I've got some rolls, broccoli, and cranberry sauce. Oh and I made cookies and apple cream pie yesterday. Essentially it's a really low key holiday for cooking!

Now I have some free time while the kids are occupied with their new toys so I'm trying to clean up all of the mess. I try to be as eco friendly as possible for Christmas. We use reusable fabric bags (click the link for a tutorial on how to make them) for most of the gifts- which has the added benefit of making gift wrapping VERY easy. We just toss the gift in a bag, and pull the draw string closed... then we add our tag. They can be washed if needed, but mostly I just fold them neatly and throw them in with our Christmas decorations for the following year. I've made regular bags for birthdays and other holidays as well that are with our wrapping items. I can't begin to express how much easier they are and it makes last minute "wrapping" less stressful.

Reusable fabric gift bags around the Christmas tree.

For a few of the gifts, we use wrapping paper. And for a few of the gifts we use the paper bags with tissue paper- I reuse the gift bags and tissue paper as much as possible. My husband loves having a few wrapped gifts because tearing paper off is fun at their age.

Items to Compost
You can also recycle these items if you don't compost.

  • Remove the cardboard back from toy boxes for the compost.
  • Any cardboard: the more you rip it up, the better it will compost.
  • Ruined tissue paper
Separating the cardboard and plastic to compost and recycle.

Items to Recycle

  • Remove the plastic front off the toy boxes- that can be placed in recycling.
  • Any plastic packaging

Items to Reuse

  • Gift bags in good condition
  • Fabric gift bags
  • Bows

Items to Save

  • Instruction manuals: We keep ours in a folder in our filing cabinet. When I sell or donate an item, I can find it to give the buyer/thrift store.
  • Protection and service plans: Keep these somewhere safe.
  • Make sure you don't throw out any toys or necessary pieces to the toys: I always use my time going through the items to separate for compost/recycling to ensure nothing ended up in the garbage pile. 

Did I miss anything? What else do your recycle or compost from your holiday?

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DIY Danielle: Christmas Compostables and Recyclables
Christmas Compostables and Recyclables
Items you can compost and recycle after opening Christmas or other holiday gifts.
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