There are many things you can do to be a ‘Sustainable Santa’, so below are a list of tips for this festive season: Source: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au
GREEN GIFT IDEAS
Choose gifts that support eco-living (such as herb plants, composters, refillable pens, solar-powered gadgets, a paper-making kit, bicycle or even a worm farm)
Choose products that are free from harmful chemicals and ideally certified organic
Choose practical gifts that are useful and serve a need (avoid landfill)
Choose gifts that support ethical and environmental causes
Give a gift voucher or membership for something your loved one is interested in
Check out the locally owned stores for gifts that support local artists or community groups
Give a ‘time voucher’ such as cook a meal or wash their car
Buy toys that are repairable and durable
Visit second-hand stores or flea markets for old yet inspirational gifts
Invest in rechargeable batteries and a recharger as it works out cheaper in the long run
Donate time or money to an ethical cause or charitable organization on behalf of your friend
Give unwanted gifts to your friends or to charity
Avoid PVC (polyvinylchloride), a toxic plastic used in furniture, hand bags, toys and gift packages.
Avoid packaging, minimize what you can!
Reduce waste by choosing products in reusable packaging or recycled packaging (make sure plastics are recyclable – check for the triangle recycling symbol)
Take your own reusable bags and say no to every plastic bag offered
Wrap gifts in environmental gift packaging materials such as recycled cardboard gift boxes, natural raffia, brown paper and other natural fibres and materials.
Avoid plastic ribbons and try using string, dried flowers or paper to decorate presents.
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"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give".
- Kahlil Gibran