9 Tips For An Eco Friendly Holiday Season

9 Tips For An Eco Friendly Holiday Season

The holiday season is something we all look forward to. Spending time with family and friends, delicious feasts and perhaps packing a bag to take a trip. The silly season can lead to some pretty wasteful habits though, so we have 10 tips to make your holidays that extra bit better for the planet.

1. Gifts

Present shopping can be very stressful. Thankfully, there is a simple solution…experiences! Our go to experiences are a voucher for a restaurant, massage or ticketmaster. Much quicker than fighting the holiday crowds!

2. Wrapping paper

Reuse any newspaper or toilet paper wrapping you have around the house. Who Gives A Crap wrappers are one of our favourites. If you do need to purchase paper, opt for recycled paper.

The other option is to wrap them Japanese style using the Furoshiki method. You can use any tea towels or cloth you have around the house and then reuse it for next christmas!

3. Food waste

We waste 30% more food than usual during the holiday season. Know your exact attendee numbers and plan accordingly. Ask your guests to bring reusable containers so they can take home some food and freeze any leftovers. Take advantage of your compost or community garden if you have one.

4. Try vego

Animal products have a much bigger impact on the environment than plant-based options. You don’t have to go all vegan but try swapping out that second animal protein for a nut roast. The roasts from Suzy Spoons live up to the hype!

5. The tree

You want the real deal, as plastic trees have a massive carbon footprint. Get a local tree, or opt for a similar looking native variety like the Woolly Bush. If you are short on space, try a hanging DIY tree.

6. Decorations

Reuse any decorations that you already have. If you need anything, try Vinnies or Facebook Marketplace for ornaments and lights.

7. Cards & crackers

Opt for cards that are made from recycled materials or contain seeds that can be planted. If you want crackers at the table, try this sustainable Aussie brand.

"You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card "
- Buddy, from the movie Elf

8. Setting the table

Avoid the temptation to use disposable cutlery and plates. Bust out your finest crockery and be sure to fully load the dishwasher. Reusable napkins are always welcome.

9. Offsets

There will always be emissions you cannot avoid, especially during the holiday season. Purchase carbon offsets to cover the pollution from your car, public transport and deliveries.


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