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How to reduce waste and help the planet this holiday season

It’s the trashiest time of the year—but it doesn't have to be.


Keep the tradition, but cut down on the trash.

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Taylor Swift’s latest album wasn’t her best, but the pop star was onto something, scientifically speaking. On the last track of the album, “New Year’s Day,” Swift sings about the aftermath of a holiday party. While the garbage in the track is really a metaphor for the refuse that old loves leave behind (I think), her description of the dark side of holiday cheer—the trails of glitter, mounds of candle wax, and discarded bottles—is all too real. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans pile up an incredible than they do during

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