Yukoners beat holiday inflation by recycling gifts

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Yukonians fight holiday inflation by recycling gifts

Kristy Bryan (left) sees recycling used items as a way to help the environment.

The strain the rising cost of living is putting on finances of Canadians encourages many Yukoners to want to restore the reputation of gift recycling.

This is particularly the case of Tara Kolla, the owner of The Wish Factory boutique, which sells used or antique objects, clothing and handicrafts. She believes Yukoners are willing to put aside the bad reputation of giving back a gift received or giving away used goods at Christmas.

I think people are a little more open [to the idea] than in the past, she believes. She is happy that her customers can find a rare gem to put under the tree in her shop, but she admits that her children prefer a gift card to a recycled present.

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This openness to recycling could be favored in particular by the inflation rate, which is close to 7%, according to Statistics Canada . Offering a used good or making your own becomes more attractive in order to save while allowing yourself to give something to your loved ones.

However, the economic question is not the only one to worry about Kristy Bryan, one of Tara Kolla's clients. In addition to the savings made by buying used goods, she thinks above all of the impact of recycling on the environment.

If we focus on saving resources, recycling is simply better for the environment, in addition to supporting a small local business like The Wish Factory, she explains.

Artist Joyce Majiski, for her part, recycles everything from the materials used to make her works, such as the old stockings used in making a rug, to the paper used to wrap her gifts.

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Joyce Majiski makes everything she can herself from recycled materials. Her work ranges from crafts, like this rug made from old stockings, to wrapping paper for her Christmas presents.

I'm always amazed at the amount of materials she packaging used for gifts, she explains. It's just single-use paper that goes straight to the garbage.

To counter what she considers wasteful, she used to paint paper newspaper to use as wrapping paper. She now resorts to old sweaters and ribbons.

According to her, recycling is also an opportunity to engage the creativity of children by having them make their own cards from scrap paper.

She advises Whitehorse residents who want to turn to the user to consider the thrift store Mount Lorne Free Store, where she works and finds many objects she uses every day.

With information from Jane Sponagle

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