Christmas is just around the corner and, for many of us, that means last minute panic shopping as we search for the perfect gifts for our family and friends. While this is the season of giving, sadly it has also become the season of over-consumption and waste. Each year, as Christmas edges closer, you can almost hear our planet sigh. This year we encourage you to take a look at your buying and giving behaviour and to commit to making small changes that will, in time, have a big positive impact on the health of our planet.
Here are our four top eco-giving tips:
Buy local, buy sustainable
By supporting the local family run business or the community upliftment group, you know that you are giving more than just a gift, you are helping a small business to survive and thrive. What better way to get into the festive giving spirit. But don’t stop there, by choosing to buy only sustainable products you also know that you are giving a gift to the planet. Good for you, good for the environment – sounds like to perfect gift to us!
Give a gift that lasts
So often Christmas presents are gimmicky products meant to bring a smile to the recipients face or a stocking filler bought in desperation as we just don’t know what to get the person. Too often these gifts end up in landfills having served no purpose. This year, aim to buy presents that you know will give ongoing joy to the recipient or…
Give an experience
We tend towards giving presents that can be wrapped, but how about creating magical memories instead. Take your family on a picnic, give them a year pass to a place (national parks, botanical gardens etc) or treat them to a special day out, be it a pamper session at a spa or a special dinner at their favourite restaurant.
Ditch the wrapping paper that inevitably ends up in a landfill and get creative with how you “wrap” your presents.
Use a beautifully decorated pillowslip that can become your every-year Christmas sack or pop your pressies into a reusable shopping bag.
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Keen to get started on your eco-Christmas giving? Visit the Greenlight online shop for some sustainable gift ideas, from a local business!
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