The holiday season may be the best of times for gift giving and party going, but it's also the worst of times for the environment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household waste increases by 25 percent during the weeks that stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. That adds up to about 1 million tons of excess waste produced by the U.S. every holiday season.
Much of that comes from our gifts, which result in heaps of wrapping paper, ribbon, boxes, and package stuffing sent straight to our landfills.
There are some surprisingly easy ways to lessen your environmental impact, even as you're showering your loved ones with presents. Eco-friendly gift wrapping can be just as festive as traditional wrapping while also being easier on the environment.
What follows are some of the simplest eco-friendly wrapping ideas, whether you're a traditional gift giver or an adventurous one.