Christmas and the wider festive season is all about spending time with those who are important to you – but naturally, there is a big focus on purchasing items for gifts as well as for yourself.
Reducing our impact on the environment is vital, as is cutting out unnecessary manufacturing of goods; especially those that are single-use and made from non-biodegradable and non-compostable materials.
Here are four ways in which we can have a greener approach to Christmas…
1. Give time, not money
2020 has been a huge challenge for most people, not least financially. This Christmas, instead of feeling pressured to spend money and give gifts, see if you’re able to book in quality time with those loved ones that you haven’t been able to see this year. Whilst local restrictions will dictate how you’re able to do that, giving the gift of time to someone is one of the most precious gestures you can ever make. When safe to do so, offer to go for a walk or pursue an outdoor activity with someone who may have found 2020 harder than most.
2. Shop local
If you are intending to purchase loved ones a present, please try and support local businesses who have had such a hard year this year. Locally sourced goods not only support small businesses, but can provide an authentic touch for gifts, as well as ensuring they are environmentally friendly. Whilst some local gifts may be unique, some may not. These may likely be cheaper online via large ecommerce sites, but don’t be tempted to feed the beat – it’s always better to keep the local economy buoyant as a first port of call.
3. Recycle essentials
Christmas ensures we spend money – not just on gifts themselves, but on items that accompany them: such as wrapping paper, gift bags and decorations. Where possible, try and recycle these by treating them with care and storing them away effectively. Also, with items such as gift tags, you can always look to repurpose them as decorations or as part of child’s play.
4. Set challenges (walks, amount saved/not spent)
Using all of the above information, set yourself challenges on how little money you can spend, how much you can repurpose, and what you can recycle. It’s all about reducing your footprint on the environment – and with the year 2020 has been, a change in approach from an expensive and materialistic Christmas may just be what is needed.