This Christmas, go green!
It’s that time of the year again- tidings of comfort and joy. December brings with it hope for the New Year and a sense of accomplishment for the year that has passed. It’s that time of the year when everything is forgiven, families and friends unite and all is merry. But take a moment and think about the environmental stress caused during this time. According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, a minimum of 2,285,000 tonnes of greenhouse pollution is contributed to Christmas in Australia alone. While worldwide information is hard to come by the impact of this season on our environment is immense.
YOU can be the change; the smallest effort made by you can make a difference. Read on for tips and ways in which you can turn this joyful season into an eco friendly one.
- Look for locally made gifts:
Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation
- Choose gifts from recycled sources
Support businesses that helps reduce the waste stream while promoting the concept of making best use of available materials.
- Give battery free gifts
Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Go battery free this year.
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CONNECT WITH NATURE
- Family hike:
Plan a fun hike with your family and friends this holiday season
- Nature restoration activity: Get together and plant tress, or take an hour out of your day to clean up an area in your neighborhood
CHOOSE A LIVE TREE
Although plastic Christmas trees are reusable from year to year, real trees are the more sustainable choice
- Live potted trees can be used for years
If you buy a small tree in a large pot, you can re use it for 2-3 years.
- Replant the tree when it becomes too big
If you have the space, of course, replanting the tree outdoors is an option
- Reuse old gift packing materials
- Save special gift wraps, bows and ribbons
- Make greeting cards at home with left over paper, or old cards
PAY IT FORWARD
- Donate items you don’t longer use to the homeless and people in need
- Spend time at an orphanage or NGO that works to empower less fortunate individuals
- Plan a picnic or an event for the neighborhood children who cannot afford to do so themselves
The efforts made by you to make this season more eco friendly will contribute more than anything to the health of the planet, the health of your body, and the health of your budget.