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What do you do to celebrate with less waste?

How do you make the holiday season special while producing less waste? Do you give experiences? Wrap with reusable materials? Do you have a knack for waste-free decorating? If these ideas (or others) are ways that you celebrate with less waste, we’d love to see them!

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Twitter - City of PoCo13 - City of PoCo<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PoCo Ambassadors decorated the 18' tree at City Hall with nothing but recycled donated material.<br>See it at City Hall and vote for City of Port Coquitlam's tree in the PoCo Heritage Society's Christmas Tree Contest:<a href="">#ReduceWaste</a> <a href="">#PortCoquitlam</a> <a href="">#Ambassadors</a> <a href=""></a></p>— City of PoCo (@CityofPoCo) <a href="">November 28, 2017</a></blockquote>
Twitter-pacific parklands12 parklands<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a lovely idea! How about exchanging <a href="">#Recipes</a> instead of <a href="">#Gifts</a> this year? <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>— Pacific Parklands (@PacificParkland) <a href="">December 16, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - thejetgal11 - thejetgal<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I've said it many times <a href="">#creatememoriesnotgarbage</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Jeannette Gallant (@thejetgal) <a href="">December 12, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - GoodbyeClutter10 - GoodbyeClutter<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I like <a href="">#Vancouver</a>'s <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> campaign. <a href="">#LessIsMore</a> when it comes to stuff <a href="">#MoreIsMore</a> with memories <a href=""></a></p>— GoodbyeClutter (@GoodbyeClutter) <a href="">December 12, 2016</a></blockquote>
TWitter - NelkenCreative9 - NelkenCreative<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Got a real page-turner on your shelf? Don't keep it to yourself. More ideas at <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) <a href="">November 27, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - Dani Pretto8 - Dani Pretto<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">best xmas tree option? locally grown tree, properly composted & grown w/out pesticides. <a href=""></a> <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a></p>— Dani Pretto (@danipretto) <a href="">December 3, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - Dani Pretto6 - Dani Pretto<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So amazing to see <a href="">#robsonsquare</a> so full of life for the tree lighting. This is what the holidays are all about. <a href="">#creatememoriesnotgarbage</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Dani Pretto (@danipretto) <a href="">December 3, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - amschatz5 - amschatz<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paper made pretty again! This festive tree is made from recycled office supplies. <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Alison Schatz (@amschatz) <a href="">November 29, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - Recycling Council AB4 - Recycling Council AB<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> - Metro Vancouver's waste minimization campaign reminds Canadians what Christmas is all... <a href=""></a></p>— Recycling Council AB (@3RsAB) <a href="">November 23, 2016</a></blockquote>
Twitter - Thrifty by Design3 - Thrifty by Design<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">'<a href="">@MetroVancouver</a>'s <a href="">#CreateMemoriesNotGarbage</a> Xmas campaign is back! Find FAB green gift ideas like this wreath at <a href=""></a>. <a href=""></a></p>— Thrifty By Design (@thriftybydesign) <a href="">November 16, 2016</a></blockquote>