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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

 

WHEN SHOPPING

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.


 More helpful links are available below...

* Green gift ideas

* Green tips for the holiday season

* Post-holiday green tips


Green Quote:

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give".
- Kahlil Gibran

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