We all know Christmas can be a chaotic time of year with work, end of school, holiday planning and making sure you’re buying the right gifts for all the right people. Here at Cheeki we’re all about sustainability however, we completely understand that we all don’t have the time to sit down and create/research sustainable gifts so we’ve complied six easy ways to celebrate sustainably this festive season.
Unwrap the wrapping
One of the biggest wastage during Christmas are the tonnes of gift wrapping which is simply thrown away and most of it ends up in landfill. Instead, place presents in a nice, reusable box or eco bag and if you do need to wrap your presents aim to use non-glossy paper that can be easily recycled in the paper recycling.
Also, if you want to go that extra step – use a lead pencil on your Christmas cards. That way you can easily erase the message and re-use the card again and again.
Eat a little Less Meat
Yes, this is a tough one. Everyone waits all year to eat Christmas ham however, cutting down on meat is good for you and the planet. We’re not saying completely go meat-free but just eat a little less. In Australia we’re usually sweltering in the heat which presents a good opportunity to introduce salads and lighter meals to the Christmas lunch.
Pick your Shrimp to go on the BBQ
Prawns are another crowd favourite at Christmas but most wild prawns are caught using a relatively destructive method of fishing. Australian farmed prawns are better, sustainable option. A little tip, be sure to double check that the prawns originate from Australia. It’s always good to know where your produce comes from.
If you are going to be serving seafood for Christmas try and buy produce that features the MSC certification. To make life easier The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has created a guide to help make a more sustainable choice.
Switch to LED or Solar Christmas Lights
It’s an easy one but making the switch to energy saving lights will not only be good for the planet but also for your hip pocket.
Make your own confetti and glitter
Christmas and shiny decorations go hand in hand however, glitter and shiny confetti can be terrible for the environment – especially if you’re spreading it around as “reindeer food.” A good way to keep tradition with a sustainable twist is to go out in the garden, grab some leaves and different coloured flowers and use a novelty hole-punch and punch away little shapes to use as glitter and confetti.
Be Gift Conscious
It’s super easy to grab some cheap stocking fillers for the family, especially the extended family you only see once a year. Try and reduce the waste and plastic and move towards homemade gifts like baked goods or you can give the gift of an experience like a nice dinner or trip to the zoo.