Low waste and sustainable Christmas ideas!

Christmas time is here!!

I love this time of the year preparing decorations, Christmas tree.. hustle and excitement, family time and celebration with friends! 

During this festive season it is important to be mindful on how we make it sustainable and reduce our waste. In the end most important things is  a quality time with our loved ones! 

Here are some tips to help you being more sustainable this Christmas:

1. Think about gifts

- Home made produce, second hand books, make your own decorations, eco products. 

- Send e-cards instead of paper cards. 

- Gift cards with activities rather than things. I love things like bread making class, art or DYI workshops. 

 

2. Gift wrapping

Trendy looks can be created by using recycled paper, newspaper, old fabrics and more. Also cotton bags that can be used as a gift wrapping and reused.

3. Sustainable Christmas party!

Think in advance. If I have time I try and plan what I am going to cook few week in advance to allow time to make most of the things myself. Preparation is a key. :-) 

Bring your containers to the bakers and butchers to avoid extra packaging. 

And most importantly enjoy time with family and friends! 

Did you know?

  • Australians are now collectively spending around $11 billion a year on Christmas gifts.
  • Aussies receive over 20 million unwanted gifts at Christmastime.
  • 86% of Aussies find Christmas puts a strain on their finances, with buying Christmas gifts reported as the major cause (66%) of this pressure.
  • Australians use more than 150,000km of wrapping paper during Christmas – enough to wrap around Earth’s equator nearly 4 times.
  • In Australia alone, over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill each year – enough to fill 9,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools (source: national storage) 

 

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