Take the waste of Christmas and save money while sharing the joy…
- Locally made.
- Recycled and second hand, take a look on Trade Me.
- Rechargeable batteries for those Christmas toys and gadgets.
- Living plants.
- Trade aid.
- World vision, Oxfam Unwrapped or Givealittle vouchers.
- Cloth shopping bags, lunch wraps and stainless steal drink bottles to help others reduce disposable packaging use.
- Recycled Secret Santa: re-gift perfectly good ‘stuff’ that doesn’t get used and may be of interest to someone else.
- Cut down on multiple present purchases by assembling gift baskets for entire families.
- Make your own voucher and give your time or plan an experience as a gift, i.e. gardening, a picnic etc.
- Use Freecylce
- Make your gifts such as chutneys, jams, ginger bread, body, infused olive oil, scrubs, cleaning products.
- Create a Reverse Advent Calendar, each day leading up to Christmas but something in a basket or hamper to donate to a local charity a few days before Christmas.
Think about packaging:
- Take reusable shopping when shopping for presents.
- Avoid glossy and metallic wrapping paper which cannot be recycled.
- Make your own wrapping paper from newsprint - great for children
- Use twine, flax or fabric ribbons instead of tape (which is non-recyclable).
- Present gifts wrapped in fabric, or in bags or boxes that can be reused.
- Look for present options with no packaging.
Decorations and cards:
- Send electronic Christmas cards.
- Make your own cards.
- Make decorations from recycled paper and card.
- Save your decorations from year to year.
- Cut up old Christmas cards for tags for presents next year. Save reuseable items like wrapping paper, ribbons and gift bags to use again next year.
An Eco Christmas tree:
- Buy a living native Christmas trees in a pot to use year after year plant, or plant it in the garden later on.
- Grow your own native Christmas tree ready for December each year.
- Build your own driftwood or cardboard tree.
- Plan ahead and avoid plastic/throw away tableware.
- Recycling left-overs into new recipes, with inspiration and ideas from Love Food Hate Waste