This Christmas, we are rethinking our consumption habits as well as being a little bit more consciously aware and sustainable. It is not about doing everything perfectly and right, but about doing what we can to be kind to our planet. We would love for you to join our journey!
Here a few ideas
1. Re-usable gift wraps
Fabric bags aren’t only cute, but a perfect way to wrap your gifts and re-use them later! The NZ brand Merry Waste free Christmas makes the cutest bags.
Or if you feel like being a bit more creative, the beautiful Japanese style fabric wrapping method Furoshiki is a traditional method of using cloth to wrap up and transport gifts. How beautiful do they look? Here a tutorial link.
Decorate your gifts by twining a few twigs of eucalyptus or rosemary into the string – it’s both sustainable and beautiful!
2. Buy Sustainable
Rather than buying several gifts for one
person, why not buy one great sustainable
and high quality item that will last and go a long way?
Choosing to gift less presents will reduce waste and also ensure people don't end up with lots of little ones they don't need.
For example a gift card for someone special for one of our cool, sustainable & ethical products.
3. Christmas Tree
The kindest thing you can do for the planet is instead of buying a cut tree that will go to waste after Christmas, is buying one in a pot that can be planted afterwards.
You can get them from PottedNZ an amazing small NZ business and they even ship NZ wide!
Small versions are also available at Bunnings.
If you aren’t big on trees, why not decorate one of your house plants?
4. Give your local shops some love!
I know you most likely have heard this so
so many times already this year,
but they need it now more than ever.
Supporting small businesses helps
boost a strong, sustainable local economy.
5. Go Meat-Free
The meat and dairy industry is responsible for more emissions than all the world's planes, trains, cars and boats put together.
Most likely the hardest move for all
non-vegetarians, as it is such a tradition to have a nice piece of meat to share on Christmas day. If that's not possible, you could make just small changes to your Christmas dinner menu and buy meat and produce from local farms.
Here some delicious and fun meat-free xmas dinner ideas from no one less than Sir Jamie Oliver.