The Christmas period seems to lend itself to generating more waste than usual…let’s reduce it!
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You’ve probably heard the term ‘oh what the hell its Christmas’ which somehow lets you off in some way or another. I thought I’d throw some ideas together for those of you who don’t care for that ‘what the hell’ attitude.
But first a few facts:
“Australians produce over 40 million tonnes of waste per year, much of which ends up as discarded rubbish and in landfill. Over this Christmas we will also purchase additional items such as Christmas trees, food, packaging and unwanted gifts.” Clean Up Australia
In the UK according to Waste Watch an estimated 3 million tonnes of waste are generated at Christmas.
If you’ve thought about this and would like to lessen your carbon footprint by reducing waste and having a positive social impact get on your computer and do a search just like I’ve done or check out below a few ideas I came up with.
Buy some lessons or an experience which will not only create enjoyment for the receiver it will generate work for the provider. Surfing, Cooking, Beer brewing (please brew responsibly), Driving (it is recommended that these last 2 not be given to the same person)
These suggestions are my favourites because they’re not only cheap/free depends how you look at it but why not swap babysitting, lawn mowing, house cleaning, shopping! This might sound mundane but when you’re the person receiving it, it feels wonderful and not only that you can build a better community atmosphere and relationships.
Now if your lifestyle does not allow the extravagance of time here are some great ideas for gifts that have a double worth.
Have you ever given someone a chook for Chrissy or for that matter a pig maybe even a pile of poo, yes poo! If you like the sound of this, go to the multitude of charities that are doing something for someone else. Memberships are another option these can keep on giving throughout the year and organisations like Surfrider Foundation, Greenpeace and the rest always need funding.
So while you’re enjoying your festive season don’t forget your footprint or those who aren’t enjoying themselves.
Oh and do me a favour, when attending any event over the period keep an eye out for innovative green management and let me know…the more the merrier!
Please stay safe and enjoy the festive season.
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