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The Great ‘Recycle and Reuse’ Christmas Things Hunt

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
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This week the Woodland Trust launched the Recycle Now campaign to collect enough Christmas cards to raise the money to plant 24,000 trees. Alongside this what are your tips for recycling and/or re-using Christmas goods?

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  • keep your unwanted gifts and give them to someone else next year. Just don't give it back to the person who gave it to you!
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  • HugoSPHugoSP Forumite
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    When I was young 30 years ago, our family used to reuse wrapping paper year on year. This probably stems back from the war where the production of such goods was banned to direct resources to the war efforts.

    Now we use it to light the fire, as our local council don't want us to put it out for recycling.

    Apparently by Christmas 1944 Britain was desparately short of these things.

    The obvious candidates for reuse are:

    Christmat decorations. We didn't buy any this year

    Artificial Christmas trees. I see no harm in using real ones provided they are recycled or used as firewood afterwards, but we like our fibre optic tree as it saves us the great lightbulb hunt!

    Presentation cases that we get wine, or other gifts in make great organisers to put stuff in - we used one such item in our bathroom.
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  • milly70milly70 Forumite
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    i always recycle xmas cards,the children and i turn them into gift tags or hand them into the supermarket bins that they supply at this time of year
  • earthmotherearthmother Forumite
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    All our cards get saved and turned into new cards, decorations, calendars etc.

    This year we've started saving the paper too (an idea from one of the mums at school - she managed to stock a whole craft table at the school fayre with her collection).

    The good uncrumpled stuff (not that much in a house full of small children, but anyway ...) will get used for small pressies and crafts, the crumpled and torn paper will be shredded for packaging in the bottoms of hampers etc.

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    All those scented & Christmas candles which are given as gifts never fully burn down properly and most of the wax gets wasted. Does anybody know where you can buy new wicks so that all the wax from these candles can be melted down, amalgamated and new candles made?
  • wicknwaxwicknwax Forumite
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    Ebay sell lots of different size candles wicks
  • Most of our christmas cards get cut up and stuck on pictures by my daughter, or any nice relief ones get cut out and used as gift tags for the following year. All family and friends ask where we got our lovely gift tags from.

    I do generally burn most of our paper waste on the fire, as the ashes feed the vegetable plot. Far to useful to waste, and more economical than recycling.
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  • I am a bit confused about recycling xmas cards. I have a paper collection from my local authority so am I correct to put my xmas cards in the recycling bin? Or should i give them to the woodland trust?
  • MissG_2MissG_2 Forumite
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    Primrose wrote: »
    All those scented & Christmas candles which are given as gifts never fully burn down properly and most of the wax gets wasted. Does anybody know where you can buy new wicks so that all the wax from these candles can be melted down, amalgamated and new candles made?

    What would be the easiest way to melt down the old wax, I have a candle or should I say wax that I haven't got around to scraping out of its gass holder . I would rather reuse the wax than bin it, its a lovely chocolate scented smell.
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  • Missg wrote: »
    What would be the easiest way to melt down the old wax, I have a candle or should I say wax that I haven't got around to scraping out of its gass holder . I would rather reuse the wax than bin it, its a lovely chocolate scented smell.
    It is probably paraffin wax you have, so best not to use any cooking bowls for this... Use a 'double-boiler' or bain marie, which is a pan of gently simmering water with a large glass bowl placed on top. Melt the wax in the bowl then pour (you could use an old glass jug instead, which makes pouring much easier). You can get soya wax/beeswax/palm wax or paraffin wax and wick from ebay or other online places, e.g.- thorne beeswax supplies and full moons cauldron. Personally I don't use paraffin anymore, it's not all that healthy. Good luck and have fun :D
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