Christmas time brings together family, food, and festivities — each of which can create a lot of waste. However, there are ways to limit your waste this Christmas, and still enjoy everything the festive season has to offer.
Here are some tips on how you can be more environmentally responsible when celebrating the holiday season.
1. Limit gift giving
Rather than buying consumer gifts that might end up in landfill, consider DIY gifts, or making something perishable (e.g. baked goods or contribute to food for Christmas lunch). Giving experiences (such as tickets to a show, or a day of skydiving) is another great way to avoid physical gifts, while also enabling you to give something that is truly meaningful.
2. Consider ‘gifts for good’
Buying a ‘gift for good’ may not be as instantly gratifying as chocolates, but does go some way to creating opportunities for lasting joy. Consider buying people less conventional gifts through organisations UNICEF or Oxfam, or WithOneSeed, which allows you to buy carbon offsets to help your recipient take action against climate change and build healthier communities.
3. Choose Christmas trees wisely
If you’re choosing a plastic Christmas tree, get a good quality one that you’ll be happy to reuse year after year. For those who prefer a real tree, either get one in a pot to be used again next year or make sure you dispose of your cut tree properly via your local council green waste program.
4. Minimise food waste
While a big Christmas spread looks delicious on the day, you don’t have to go overboard. Plan your guests’ food requirements to minimise waste, and research recipes that utilise whatever is left over after Christmas to make that second go at the turkey a little more exciting. You can find other food waste tips at Love Food Hate Waste.