Love or Landfill
I love Christmas. Its a time to spend with family and friends but sometimes I am dismayed by the waste! Food, wrapping, cheap trinkets etc. So this Christmas our family made the choice to give presents that are in consumable (i.e. skin care, wine, a plate of food for Christmas lunch), experiences (such as a massage, movie tickets or marigold seeds) or eco-friendly gifts (quality over quantity). It is our way of helping to prevent land fill. Apart from these suggestions there are lots of ways you can reduce, reuse or recycle and generally have a greener Christmas this year. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Make choices that support a cause you believe in
I have been a passionate supporter of the Australian Marine Conservation Society for many years. I love the beach, have a pathological fear of sharks but respect their right to swim through the sea and think we should protect our oceans. So this year when I had the opportunity to buy some wine for Christmas Day AND support the AMCS I jumped. They have partnered with Goodwill Wines to raise money to protect our ocean wildlife. You can buy these boutique, cruelty-free vegan and specially labelled wines and know that over half of the profit is going towards the work AMCS do to protect Australia’s ocean wildlife. With possibly the world’s cutest wine label (a cheeky Australian sea lion!), they make a great gift for wine lovers. Order here by tomorrow 14 Dec to receive by Christmas http://www.goodwillwine.com.au/charities/australian-marine-conservation-society. Please enjoy responsibly.
2. Give plastic a miss and trim a living tree
At our house we trim a native tree we have had growing for many years now. Each year it takes on a very unusual shape – tree trimming is not a skill I have! For a more traditional tree, the Australian Wollemi Pine is a slow growing prehistoric tree that will be with you for years.
3. Recycle your wrapping
For really interesting wrapping use old newspapers or magazines to wrap your pressies. Each one will look unique. Alternatively use material that can be saved and reused with ribbons for bows.
4. What is the life of your present
When it comes to buying gifts ask yourself what the life of your gift is? Will it end up in the trash within a few weeks? Take note of the adage ”quality over quantity”. If this puts a gift out of your price range, you could give to a charity on behalf of your loved one, create an experience (a bush treck, picnic, date for a movie), give a consumable item such as wine, christmas cake, a couple of mangos or make something yourself.
I’m curious, what ideas do you have to make Christmas greener?