As the festive season approaches, Kiwis are gearing up for a Christmas full of joy and merriment! But how do we make mindful choices that take care of our health and Mama Earth? This Christmas, we have some tips that will help your wallet and make the day less stressful - more time for toes on the sand and bad jokes. Here we go...
One of the most cherished traditions during Christmas is the exchange of gifts. This year, consider wrapping your gifts in reusable and recyclable materials. Opt for Furoshiki, a Japanese cloth-wrapping technique, use recycled paper and twine, or check out our amazing NZ made, Reusable Gift Bags. You can also gift experiences or consumables that leave less of a footprint. Buy from brands doing good things (see our 2023 Gift Guide here), locally sourced treats, or tickets to local activities and events. A higher dollar value Secret Santa, where you only buy one gift, is becoming more and more popular with kiwi families and an idea you could try!
New Zealand is home to a wealth of talented artists, artisans and local businesses. Instead of buying mass-produced items, support local craftsmen and women and the smaller brands doing good things. Not only does this contribute to the local economy, but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with shipping and manufacturing.
Transforming your home into a festive wonderland doesn’t have to harm the environment. Choose decorations made from sustainable materials like wood, bamboo, or these made from natural wool materials. Consider DIY projects using items you already have or those sourced from nature, like pinecones and evergreen branches. When the festivities are over, store the decorations carefully for reuse in the coming years. We have Reusable Christmas Crackers and Cracker Refill Packs on the store as well.
While the debate between real and artificial Christmas trees continues, a more sustainable alternative is opting for a potted tree that can be planted after the holiday season or kept for the next year. If you choose a cut tree, ensure it's recycled properly and consider purchasing from sustainable tree farms.
Christmas feasts are a highlight of the season, and choosing locally sourced, organic ingredients can make a significant difference. Plan your meals thoughtfully to minimize food waste, and consider incorporating more locally sourced food into your menu. These foods not only support local farmers but also taste better (fresher!) and cut out the transport miles.
Make a commitment to reduce waste during the holidays by using reusable plates, cutlery, and napkins. If disposable items are necessary, opt for those made from biodegradable or compostable materials. Set up clearly marked recycling and compost bins to encourage proper waste disposal if you are having a big Christmas day!
Christmas is a time for giving, and there’s no better way to celebrate the spirit of the season than by giving back to the community. Consider volunteering your time or donating to local charities and organizations that support the causes you care about!
With some of these tips, you and your family can enjoy a Christmas that not only brings joy to the home, but also contributes to the well-being of the planet. After all, a green Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving.