Christmas can be stressful enough without the idea of more new stuff cluttering our homes, but without our planet, how will Mother Earth cope with more new STUFF!

As Eco Organiser® writes this blog, stores are spruiking it's less than 5 weeks to Christmas, their shelves are heaving with decorations and gifts for sale.

In other words they are saying - Buy Now! Consume! Don't Miss out!

But do we really need to ramp up our consumption of 'new stuff' just because it's Christmas? Let's just take a step back from that traditional Christmas gift list and rethink.

Put simply, if we have concerns about our carbon footprint and the impact of belongings on landfill, perhaps what we have always traditionally given as gifts could do with a change of philosophy.

Top 10 tips for a Sustainable Christmas 

1. Made with love

If making your own Christmas decorations is just not your thing, check out local handcraft markets, charities for handmade cards and decorations. This supports small business and helps to keep money within your local community, which is bound to fill your heart with love.

2. Given with love

Donating quality items to Wandsworth Oasis is the greatest gift, things that no longer add value to your life can be sold to help raise money for people living with HIV. Still struggling for the perfect gift; check out what's on offer at a Wandsworth Oasis store near you.

3. Only buy what you need

Christmas is the time we tend to over indulge, too much Christmas cheer and it's on the hips for years. Creating a meal plan and menu is one way to reduce food waste, save money reduce the Christmas spread.

4. Reusable/Refillable Gifts

Reusable gifts make the perfect sustainable Christmas gift example: Reusable coffee cup, water bottle, mason jars filled with special treats, Eco Refill Station and a little Aussie invention Boomerang Bags and why not reduce cling film in the kitchen and give Bee Wax Wraps a try?

5. Experiences 

Rather than buying more stuff, consider buying an experience such as movie tickets, or taking a friend out for the day and spend quality time together.

6. Give the gift of time

Volunteer your time to help out a friend, family or charity or hire a cleaner for a loved one, to free up time for the fun times.

7. Recycle

Look for gifts with high recycled content (80-100% recycled content) and don't forget to recycle gift wrapping, cards and compost food scraps. It's important to read recycling labels to ensure your waste goes in the right bin.

8. Refuse

Refuse excess packaging- look for products with less packaging, if you can't avoid it, rethink how to reuse the packaging. Don't want to use conventional wrapping paper, consider repurposing household paper (newspaper, road maps) and fabric for gift wrapping. 

9. Responsible

You can never go wrong in buying quality, generally they last longer and can be repaired, it's good for you and the planet.

10. Think Local

Buying a coffee voucher for a local cafe helps support local business and sourcing food within your local area all help reduce food miles and support local business. 

By following just a few of these suggestions you are doing good for you, your community and also doing good for our planet.

Merry Christmas

Source:

Tanya Lewis

Eco Organiser®

Australia’s clutter-free lifestyle teacher  

www.ecoorganiser.com.au