How to be less wasteful at Christmas time
Christmas is a wonderful but sometimes excessive time of year. The gifts! The decorations! The food! It’s a holiday where more, is well, essentially more, which is why it’s easy for us to forget what it does to the planet. From that new dress you ordered for the office party at a day’s notice, to the piles of food wastage from extra dinners, to all of those presents and wrapping, it’s a time where traditionally, sustainability hasn’t been top of mind.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t enjoy the festivities, but there are a few ways in which we can all shop and act more consciously. To help you along, we’ve pulled together our top 5 tips on how to be less wasteful this Christmas.
1. Shop thoughtfully
When gift-giving this Christmas, try opting for things you know they’ll really use. It might be easy to grab the first thing you see on the shelf, but if it’s not really wanted, it’ll just end up sitting around unused. Take the time to find out what your recipient really needs, by asking friends or family. If you have no clue, a voucher for their favourite store may seem like the easy option, but it’s more likely to be spent on a gift they’ll love!
2. Good things come in recyclable packaging
Gift wrap game reaches a whole new level over the festive season. Just a quick look on Pinterest and you’ll be bombarded with bows, baubles and hand-painted wrapping paper with matching twine. But as beautiful as all of this is, most of it does, unfortunately, get peeled off and thrown straight in the bin after being used. When wrapping gifts this year, why not try using old newspaper, tissue paper or reusing gift wrap from previous presents. That way, you’ll save money too!
3. Gift experiences
Not all gifts have to be things. Actually, some of the best gifts are experiences. Why not treat your mum or sister to a facial at a beauty salon like Isa Beauty or help your dad get a head start on his new year’s resolution with a gym membership to Fitness First? If you haven’t spent much time together, why not organise for the whole fam’ to get together and pitch in for a delicious dinner in the Piazza and tickets to a movie at Event Cinemas Top Ryde City?
4. Keep the food wastage to a minimum
No one wants hungry guests on Christmas Day, but let’s be honest, most of us buy far too much just on the off chance that people will need a third helping. Once we realise that they don’t it’s too late and it goes in the bin! To reduce wastage and keep everyone happy, if you’re hosting try to make things that will freeze well if you cook too much, and avoid opening lots of packets that won’t be used up.
5. Promote sustainability in your gift choices
As well as supporting local and sustainably-sourced brands that give back to the community, use your spending power for good and go for eco-friendly presents that promote a zero-waste mentality. Everything from metal straws, to reusable cups, bamboo toothbrushes and all-organic beauty sets make perfect gifts that will keep on giving.