I didn’t know what this word was until I read this morning’s edition of “The Daily Difference.” It gave voice to something I felt strongly about without fully appreciating why.

You may not recognize the spelling, but they likely fill your cabinets and your trash too.

Tchotchkes (CHOTCH-kee) sneak into our lives in the forms of:

  • Trade show swag
  • Birthday party goodie bags
  • Corporate bric-a-brac
  • Fast food toys

So while it may seem harmless to accept them, it’s not.

“Plastic is made from fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide that warms our Earth. And, believe it or not, most plastic cannot be recycled even when you put it in a recycling bin.” (Excerpt from our free kids’ book Generation Carbon: It’s time to start, page 31)

So, think sustainable if you’re in charge of the office gifts (or any gifts) this holiday season.  And if someone offers you some junk, say no. If enough gets turned back in, companies will stop giving them away.

Books (including The Carbon Almanac), gift cards, and food are all better choices than pens, drink cozies, and mouse pads.

H/T: The Daily Difference – by the Carbon Almanac team.