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Eco Christmas tips

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.

Be creative:

  • 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.


Christmas Celebrations:

  • Plan ahead and avoid plastic/throw away tableware.  
  • Recycling left-overs into new recipes, with inspiration and ideas from  Love Food Hate Waste