With only a month until Christmas, I thought I would share a few tips that people can follow in order to minimise waste and reduce consumption over the festive season.
1. If you are going to buy Christmas gifts, shop locally: There are some beautiful and often handmade goodies that can be picked up at local markets or op shops. Consider the social and environmental foot print of your purchases.
2. Value experiences rather than things: This could range from purchasing a gift voucher for a massage or taking your loved ones out for a lovely picnic. The memories generated from this kind of gift are guaranteed to last longer than any toy or gadget.
3. Buy local food or grow your own: Over the Christmas period, everyone seems to go out and buy excessive amounts of meat and vegetables that are often imported and out of season. Try reducing your meat consumption and cooking up a seasonal Christmas meal consisting of organic locally grown produce. Its sure to taste amazing!
4. Spread the love: This could mean inviting your newly widowed neighbour over for Christmas lunch or donating left over food to the local homeless shelter. These acts, whilst seemingly small, could make all the difference in the world to those in need.
5. Be creative: Old household objects such as corks and ribbons make beautiful recycled decorations! Experimenting with left over food can lead to the creation of entirely new dishes.
6. Have some perspective: Remember that there are millions of people across the world who are struggling to make basic ends meet. Christmas should be about spending time with the people you love and not about having the latest products on the market.
I hope everyone has a happy, safe and ethical Christmas!!!