It's so hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of November and Christmas is just around the corner! It can be a stressful time of year with everything winding up, buying gifts, planning Christmas day and holidays. But once that's all out of the way it is a special time of year, time to spend with loved ones, time to put our feet up and take a well deserved breather after a busy year.
Christmas is my favourite time of year but it can also be a very wasteful time of year and I'm going to be much more mindful of that wastage this year and minimise it as much as possible! Here's a reminder on some tips I blogged about earlier in the year on gift giving and wrapping, I will be writing another blog shortly on waste free celebrations...
It can often be a struggle to find the right gifts for people. A lot of our friends are trying to declutter and reduce the amount of 'stuff' they have and I really don't want to add more impractical, wasteful things to their lives. And parents usually have everything they want. Now when buying gifts I think to myself "Will this add to the world's waste problem? Will this be useful or loved?" I will often ask if there is anything they want or need, at least then I know it won't be wasted. Here's some good tips I've come across:
I cringe at the amount of wrapping paper that is used once and then thrown out at Christmas. This year I came across a much better option and everyone that has received a gift wrapped this way has loved it! Every time I go past a second hand shop I buy some scarfs and use them for wrapping gifts. It's a Japanese form of gift wrapping - furoshiki. You can just search on Tube You for furoshiki and the item you are wrapping and get some great ideas. There is no paper and no sellotape used and the greatest thing is the recipient can reuse it for a gift that they give! I love it! Here are just a few of the gifts I've given wrapped in scarfs and my basket of scarfs all ready to go. By the way you can use any material and ribbons you like. The world is your oyster! I'm about to go back to the second had shop and see what they have in Christmasy colours!
These toothbrushes are biodegradable, sustainable and beautiful. The bamboo is organic and a renewable resource. It will biodegrade completely, simply cut off the bristles and dispose of the handle in your compost, garden or general waste. The painted handles make it easy to see whose is whose!
We love that for every brush bought one will be donated to a child in New Zealand that has no toothbrush!
You might have guessed but this month's 'Sustainable Me Challenge' is a waste free holiday. Can you believe the average household waste increases by 25% over the Christmas holiday period! Here's some ideas for reducing our gift-giving footprint this Christmas:
See the OSOF website to read more tips