We share our top 5 ways to give you a little inspiration to put your own personal touches to your Xmas experience. In a sustainable way.
1 Gifts That Give Back – Buy Ethical + Sustainable
With so many amazing brands making beautiful things that are made ethically & sustainably, we have more choice than ever to look for gifts that are beautifully designed and made. This year, for the first time have curated a gift collection of jewelry, homewares & footwear, handcrafted by amazing artisans across the globe, made in a sustainable way. See our curated Gift Collection
2 ECO Wrapping Ideas
One of the biggest sources of waste each Christmas is wrapping paper, with more than 8,000 tonnes being used each year – the equivalent of approximately 50,000 trees.
Some tips on reducing wrapping waste, first re-use gift boxes/wraps where possible. Avoid foil wrapping paper, use recycle boxes or recycle wrapping paper. Instead of plastic ribbons, use jute or cotton twine. Here are some beautiful eco wrapping ideas to inspire you!
3 Think Green when it comes to the Tree
Most Christmas trees sold in Australia are plantation grown under sustainable forestry systems. As they reach maturity they help act as a filter to clean the air before being cut down for the festive season.
When making your selection, be on the lookout for organic/seasonal tree farms or “live trees,” which still have the roots attached and can be planted after the season is over. Keep in mind that fresh trees can also be recycled after the holidays. Recycling your Christmas tree means you’re keeping it out of landfill. This small step will help reduce the production of greenhouse gases, which contributes to climate change.
Or even better, why not hire a tree. Eco Christmas trees rent out live Christmas trees, which you simply send back once the festive season is over and they will re-plant for use next Christmas!
4 Don’t Waste Food
Australian households and businesses are throwing away an estimated 4 million tonnes of food every year. That’s enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks with wasted food.
Christmas is one of the worst times for this as we stock up for the holidays and then open the fridge on Boxing Day to find it still full, which not only impacts on your pocket but also on the environment.
Don’t go crazy! Think about what you’ll actually need and how many people you’ll be feeding. Create a food plan and consider how you can use leftovers for meals the next day.
Its an obvious one but definitely one of the most important, especially when you consider all the extra paper, plastic and glass bottles you’ll be acquiring over the holidays.
This is especially critical when thinking about electrical items such as phones and computers, which have a tendency to get shafted once the shiny new toys arrive and are hard to recycle properly.
PlanetArk have put together a great guide to recycling electricals here