A holiday season well spent is often measured by the mess it leaves behind in the form of stacked packages. Gift boxes, grocery shopping boxes and takeout cardboard boxes pile up in a joyous jumble. Where to start in order to tidy up in an eco-friendly way, without going mad?
- Sort it out
This first step will already help clear your head space. Sort your cardboard boxes according to their condition. Set aside the clean, sturdy ones such as shoe boxes or gift boxes to be re-used; grease or food-stained packaging (non-recyclable) in another pile; and finally, the not-so pretty, yet functional cardboard boxes that could benefit from a new life cycle, in the last pile.
Shoe boxes and other cardboard packaging with an ordinary design happen to be practical drawer organisers, and even better tools to neatly tuck away your underwear, Marie Kondo-style. Add a spritz of perfume and the box will double as a handy deodoriser.
The decorative box to tidy up
Limited edition or festive gift boxes are often works of art that deserve to be showcased in your permanent decor. Use them to neatly stock your candles and incense sticks in your living room; or arrange your perfumes, manicure tools, or hair brushes on your dressing table.
- Let it Rot
Your own cardboard mulch
It will turn out to be particularly useful during this dry summer. Making your own mulch is a piece of cake! Tear up your bare cardboard into strips (involving the kids at this point will be as fun for you as it will be cathartic for them) and spread them at the roots of your plants once you have watered them.
How to compost your cardboard
It will bring an interesting “plus” to your compost mix. Seamlessly incorporating your cardboard to the mix is simple. Start by drenching your cardboard in water, then let it dry (this will make it more supple). Cut or tear away fine strips, and drench them again, before adding them in a single layer, mixed in with dry leaves. Cover it with a new layer of green waste and dead flowers. Just bear in mind that the proportion of cardboard should constitute under 30% of the whole mix.
It remains the simplest option which is just as helpful to the planet. Various bins to sort your waste await to give your festive packaging a second chance. Where to dispose of them for recycling purposes?
You can find Mission Verte’s sorting drop-off sites that are closest to you here.Molok bins to sort your glass, plastic and cardboard/ paper waste are also accessible in Moka at Le Restore and at Mahogany Shopping Promenade.
While waste is inevitable, what matters is to adopt sustainable waste management habits, and these are but a few of many options! What better incentive to find your own practical and creative ideas to repurpose your cardboard waste?
So, what are you planning for those cardboard boxes of yours?
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