Eco friendly Christmas Ideas - November 2020
Christmas is such a magical time! You get to spend time with friends and family, indulge in delicious food and open Christmas gifts! But unfortunately, after all the hype is over, we are left with mounts of food waste, a few extra pounds, and lots of unnecessary rubbish (think plastic cutlery, broken Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, etc) During Christmas our waste increases by around 30%! In fact, Australians use more than 150,000km of wrapping paper to wrap Christmas presents, that is enough to wrap around Earth’s equator nearly 4 times! What’s worse is that most of the gift-wrapping papers can’t be recycled.
So how can we reduce our waste during the silly season and have a more eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas? Well we have a few eco Christmas tips that can not only save unnecessary rubbish going into land fill, but also be a fun activity for the whole family!
Gift wrapping - Wrap your gifts with pretty tea towels or fabrics, painted cardboard boxes, beeswax wraps or get the kids to create pretty drawings on recycled paper. These options are not only great for repurposing things around the home, but the receiver can either keep them or reuse them.
Gift Decorations - Instead of using plastic bows, decorate your gifts with dried flowers, plant cuttings, wood ornaments or feathers. Instead of ribbons to wrap the gifts, use jute string, cotton yarn or strips of used fabric. For name tags use old cut up cards, pieces of tree bark or leaves and just use a hole puncher to attach them with string.
Decorations – Create your own plastic free decorations for your Christmas tree by creating baubles from air drying clay, hanging pinecones or origami stars from painted scrap paper. Make your own Christmas bon-bons by reusing the carboard rolls of toilet paper and filling them with healthy treats, wooden ornaments or inspirational quotes. To wrap the bon bons use painted scrap paper, paper bags or fabric scraps and then tie them with jute or cotton string. Create your own wreath by shaping a metal coat hanger into a circle, then attaching dried flowers, foliage and pinecones with twine. For table decorations you can use beeswax or soy candles, slices of tree trunk or weaved jute as coasters, painted branches with added dry foliage and flowers.
Gifts – If you have time and patience, you can create your own eco-friendly gifts like beeswax candles in recycled glass jars, diy cookie jars or macramé decorations. But if you are strapped for time like most of us, at ECO Marketplace you will find a great range of eco-friendly gifts including eco gift hampers and optional gift wrapping.
So this year, let’s have a Christmas that doesn't cost the earth or our hard earned cash!
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