How to make Christmas more sustainable
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
With Christmas just around the corner, we are all looking to spend some quality time with family and friends. The festive period is when as a planet we hit peak consumption and go all out on gifts and food. But with a few little tweaks you can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic used and excess waste all while keeping the festive magic alive (and Mr & Mrs Claus in a home at the North Pole).
Let's start with some obvious ones:
1. Consider sustainable gifts
We've all had the experience of being given something we don't want, like or need. Minimise waste by buying sustainable gifts such as donations and experiences, or gifts made from recycled materials.
2. Minimise plastic
When buying gifts and items for Christmas lunch, consider how much plastic packaging they come with. Avoid straws, skip bottled water and recycle what you can afterwards.
3. Reduce food waste
It's all too easy to buy too much of everything and end up with a lot of waste. Try making a list or planning what you're going to eat over the festive period so you're not throwing most of it in the bin. Your bank account will also thank you.
4. Get creative with your wrapping
Instead of buying wrapping paper why not recycle newspapers and magazines to wrap your presents?
5. Switch to LED lights
If you have any old lights it might be time to upgrade. LED lights use a lot less energy (which your also be thankful for when you get your electricity bill) and are also safer and less of a fire risk.
6. Reuse your old decorations
If your old decorations are starting to look a bit sad then instead of throwing them out why not paint or personalise them. Top tip - If you can't live without a bit of sparkle try using biodegradable glitter instead of the cheap plastic alternative.
7. Shop local
Last but not least is to shop local for your presents and food, we're not talking about your local supermarket but instead try using your local butcher or greengrocer and even take a trip down your local high street to see if you have any local shops to buy presents from.
We hope you found some of these tips useful and from everyone at The Brisbane Broker we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.