This article is part of HuffPost’s Reclaim campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it.
People create an insane amount of garbage over the holidays, but they don’t have to.
From the ridiculous quantities of food prepared for a holiday feast, to the huge pile of gifts placed under the tree, a lot of stuff gets bought for December festivities, only to be unceremoniously tossed by New Year’s.
Americans generate about 25 percent more household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than the rest of the year, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. That’s about 1 million extra tons of trash.
In the spirit of holiday goodness, here are a few ways to be less wasteful:
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