Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published December 17th 2013
Small changes to make a huge difference
This tree needs no decoration at all
In this growing age of disposable consumerism, Christmas is fast becoming a gluttonous festival of waste. Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next person, but I think it's time we start thinking a little smarter about our celebrations. I'm not saying cancel the parties and presents, but maybe keep in mind the landfills and overspending we may unnecessarily be a party to.
Planet Ark has launched the 12 Do's of Christmas, a way to reduce, reuse and recycle your Christmas. While not all of them will suit everybody, it's great to see how easy it is to adapt your favourite Christmas activities and be kinder to the environment, with saving money often by the product.
My favourites include:
1. Buy quality decorations, or make your own. Our tree is festooned with memories made by the kids over the years, from school. Of all the decorations, these ones are my favourites. They build in a strong sense of family into the tree, a reflection the happiness over the years. I have also a number of beautiful decorations given to me by friends - their gift of a fancy bauble brings a smile as I place it on the tree year after year.
2. Consider giving an experience - Once you reach a certain age, there's only so much 'stuff' that you need. Half the time an expensive gift will sit in the cupboard unused. This site is full of ideas when it comes to activites. Ifly, Jetpack Adventures, Wet n Wild and Day Spas all offer vouchers - give a gift they'll love.
3. Think about how you wrap - use paper that can be recycled, a gift bag that will be used again or even an enviro bag. Make the wrapping part of the gift as well.
4. Think about the food you serve, try to minimise waste and make sure you use the left overs, when possible.
Think solar for those light displays
5. Look at the packaging - if you can buy bigger and then decant into smaller, consider doing just that. It usually saves you a substantial amount of money, too.
Recycle Christmas cards, or consider the email offerings.
Christmas can still be celebrated with all the trimmings, but we can improve on our impact this season of festivities brings with it.