It’s November so we are officially allowed to use the “C” word and, with only six weeks until the big man arrives there’s no time to waste with your planning. Who wants to be stuck fighting the hoards on Christmas Eve when they could be putting their feet up and tucking into a glass of something cold and fizzy?
This is the first of a four part series where we will show you how you can celebrate an environmentally-friendly Christmas with all the trimmings.
We’ve blogged before about the excellent choice of ethical shops in Brisbane. A great way to know the background of what you’re buying is to buy from local producers and talk to the people who actually source or make the presents you’re buying. Local mark ets and sites like Etsy are full of creative people who design and make their items, and who happy to answer questions you may have about the materials they have used.
If you can’t get to a market but want to buy from a local artist or craftsperson, check out BrisStylers.
Homemade Christmas Presents
Of course, the easiest way to know what has gone into your present is to make it yourself. You get an awful lot more for your money when you DIY and you’ll also keep your carbon footprint low. How about making some of Nigella’s Parmesan Shortbread to give with a bottle of wine and some Aussie olives?
You don’t even have to have a sewing machine to make stuffed Christmas decorations, scented pillows or, for the sporty person in your life, sweat suckers. Projects like these can be knocked up in a couple of hours with some old clothing, hem tape, a glue gun, and some pretty ribbon. They are simple enough for kids to do and are a good way to teach them that you don’t have to spend a fortune on luxury Christmas presents for them to be meaningful. Two environmentally friendly resources for ideas are Pinterest and your local library.
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap
There’s no point ruining your ethical presents by presenting them in cheap wrapping paper full of nasty ink that has been made and imported without care or thought to the environment. Instead, make your gift wrap part of the present by packging it in a pretty scarf or tea-towel. The clever Japanese art of furoshiki, or fabric wrapping, works with almost any shape present.
Alternatively, use eco-friendly paper and twine like those from Eco Party Box, or even recycled paper, gift bags, and ribbon.
There are so many simple ways to make your Christmas both beautiful and eco-friendly. In the next parts of this series we will be looking at local shops, ways to cut down on Christmas waste, and free ways to keep the kids amused between now and December 25th.
Remember the best pressie of all is a Family Clean Gift Voucher, so give your loved one the gift of free time and a sparkling clean home this Christmas!