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Dayenu Circle Sustainability Tips


Did you know that metallic wrapping paper and wrapping paper with glitter, as well as greeting cards with glitter, plastic parts, 3D pieces, etc. cannot be recycled? Most ribbon is not recyclable either.

This coming Chanukah, if you are giving gifts to people you care about, try something different: wrap your gifts in plain paper, newspaper or a brown paper bag.  Alternatively, there is a Japanese gift wrapping art called Furoshiki, in which gifts are wrapped in cloth which can be used over and over. (Learn more about Furoshiki.)

Purchase greeting cards that are paper — plain and simple. Better yet, create your own holiday message and print it or write it on regular paper.

In the end, the thought is more important than the decoration — and your thoughtfulness for our planet is a gift to those you love, as well! 


One of the most difficult things to recycle is plastic film. Even if you are lucky enough to live in a city that does take plastic film (most of us don’t), it still has to be clean and dry when it goes into your recycling bin or bag. Hmmm... What might be an alternative solution?

  • Try using a beeswax wrap.
  • Cover bowls with a plate instead of plastic wrap.
  • Try using aluminum foil, which is easier to wash and dry and is infinitely recyclable.

Did you know that food-soiled plastics are often not accepted for recycling, and wind up in the garbage instead? The easy solution that doesn’t waste water: Run your empty plastic food containers through the dishwasher when you do a load of dishes. No extra water used, and everything is clean and ready for recycling!

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