Amidst the excitement of buying gifts, it can be easy to throw caution to the wind, breaking habits and routine and forgetting the wider impact our spending habits can have on the planet. From gifts purchased on a whim that may not be used to non-recyclable gift wrapping, so much of what we purchase over the holidays often winds up contributing to our growing landfill and carbon crisis.
The good news is that it’s surprisingly simple to have a sustainable Christmas without having to sacrifice on fun! Read on for our tips on minimising your waste and giving sustainably this Christmas.
Choosing sustainable gift wrapping
Each Christmas, Australians use roughly 150,000km of wrapping paper- that’s enough to wrap around the Earth nearly 4 times. Most of that waste is either non-recyclable (for example, things like plastic cellophane, tinsel decorations or foiled papers), and much of the rest isn’t disposed of and recycled correctly, meaning it ends up in landfill.
This Christmas, let’s act sustainably wherever possible and keep our precious environment at the forefront of our minds. Instead of contributing to our ongoing waste crisis these holidays, opt for an eco-friendly gift wrapping alternative, like hessian wrap, calico, 100% recyclable brown paper or even newspaper! You can also bundle up your gifts in hampers or baskets which can be repurposed in the recipient’s home (a double gift!) or even wrap a gift inside another gift- think scarves, tea towels or beach and bath towels! Your local op shop will have PLENTY of options here, meaning you’re helping to recycle an item and saving money!
One of the traps many of us fall into over the Christmas period is impulse buying. It’s hard not to be tempted by bulk coloured eyeshadow palettes and cellophane wrapped bundles of bath bombs! This Christmas, rather than opting for a bargain without much thought (that will likely end up pushed to the back of the bathroom cupboard, expiring, then wind up in the rubbish bin and in turn, you guessed it, landfill), gift consciously this year.
Choose products that work, that you know will get used, and that are formulated and packaged sustainably. To help, we’ve put together a few eco-friendly gift packs to make sustainable gifting easy this Christmas.
Designed in collaboration with Australian artist Anna Cole, this duo includes a Limited Edition Hand Wash and Hand Cream duo to provide the ultimate natural experience in Hand Care. This duo is the perfect gift for those who have recently moved, new homeowners OR those who love beautiful bathroom and kitchen decor!