Without turning into Scrooge, it is possible to enjoy a sustainable Christmas and waste less, one that Mother Nature and your bank account would thank you for.

  • How much would you estimate your household spends on Christmas gifts each year? $963
  • How much would you estimate the value of unwanted gifts you and your family receive at Christmas? $630

Through mindful consumption and a little planning, this Christmas could be the start of a sustainable future.

50 top tips for a Sustainable Christmas

  1. Buy only what you need, anymore is just a waste
  2. Rethink current Christmas behaviour’s, drop the guilt, perfectionism and excess, you know when good is good enough
  3. Ethically declutter your cupboards before buying new platters and bowls, you may be surprised by what you have, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint. Need help check out blog & books
  4. Responsibly dispose of clutter, check out these Useful Links
  5. Repurpose what you have before buying more, example: Use and decorate indoor plants as a Christmas tree instead of buying a plastic tree or a real tree
  6. Check the environmental credentials of “eco-friendly” products if they don’t stack up, refuse them
  7. Consider giving zero waste products, example: reusable bag, bottle, produce bag, straw (if required)
  8. Discover your local Repair café, and repair Christmas treasures before sending to landfill or buying more.
  9. Reduce food waste; write a shopping list, plan your meals and portions & stick to it
  10. Recycle right, check your local council and check out the Eco Organiser® Useful Links
  11. Buy pre-loved, second hand items and support charities and reduce your carbon footprint.Calculate your impact on using a carbon footprint calculator
  12. Buy products made with recycled content
  13. Donate quality items to a charity that supports people in need such as Fashion Trade & GIVIT
  14. Think and act local, buy seasonal from local growers
  15. When buying new products ask where to recycle the products at end of life
  16. Where possible use public transport, car pool, turn off lights and eat less meat
  17. Choose sustainable fashion example: Hemp, Linen, Wool, organically processed fabrics
  18. Stop buying crap!
  19. Refuse the “buy one get one free” it’s costing the earth! Did you know it takes 7000-8000 litres of water to produce 1 pair of jeans?
  20. Know that every little bit helps
  21. Spread positive messages to help others reduce waste and enjoy a sustainable Christmas
  22. Trying growing your own food
  23. Save water from washing fruit and vegetables, use to water plants, we can’t rely on it to fall out of the sky!
  24. Picture this, you have reduced your waste so much your bin is only a 1/4 full GREAT! Why not get to know your neighbours and ask if they will share a bin. Imagine the garbage truck stopping for 1 bin rather than 20-50 times in your street, all helping to reduce noise, less wear and tear on the truck from the stop start of the truck
  25. Compost if you can, don’t stress if you can’t, just reducing your food waste all helps
  26. Check out Share Waste App to recycle your food scraps within your community and Recyclopedia how to recycle over 180 items in over 550 Councils across Australia.
  27. Be radical and stop gift wrapping or use reusable products such as tea towels, bee wax wraps, recycled paper- picture books, maps, dress patterns to wrap Christmas gifts
  28. Make your own cards and decorations from recycled paper, fabric, toys, glass, string, flowers, tins, metal and plastic waste
  29. Refuse glitter, tinsel, balloons, glitter glue
  30. In NSW check out Earn and Return to recycle PET bottles, cans and cartons, QLD, ACT, WA check out Returnit to get cash on your containers
  31. Check your local council to recycle E Waste TV, Office Equipment, Mobile Phones, Computers
  32. Updating your e waste? Regift old mobile phones, computers, TV
  33. If you are inclined, make you own Christmas gifts
  34. Get real with your time, none of us are perfect and cannot do everything, drop the super hero eco image
  35. Ditch the throw away attitude and practice mindful consumption
  36. Get to know your digital footprint. Much of the energy needed for streaming services is consumed by data centres, which deliver data to your computer or device. Increasingly housed in vast factory-sized buildings, these servers store, process and distribute internet traffic. All our Netflix binge-watching is costing the environment
  37. Join a local sustainable group to learn and share sustainable ideas
  38. Can’t afford new clothes, organise a clothes swap with friends
  39. Give experiences over physical gifts, example: fishing trip, theatre tickets
  40. Refuse degradable or bio degradable plastics, they break down into tiny bits of plastic and end up in our oceans, rivers and lakes
  41. Eat leftovers and see how to eat your fridge to reduce food waste
  42. Look after your Christmas treasures and they will reward you for years- repair, clean, maintain
  43. Buy a subscription to a tool a library for someone that loves to tinker instead of buying them more tools
  44. Holiday at home
  45. Give yourself a sustainable gift- compost bin, solar panels, insulate your home, buy a bike and ride it
  46. Spend time in nature not on stuff
  47. Spend time with the people you love not wasting time buying more stuff
  48. Invest in ME time
  49. Donate your time to a local conservation group and help protect our environment
  50. Say STUFF OFF! to stuff that does not add value to your life

Australian clutter-free, sustainable lifestyle teacher Tanya Lewis aka The Eco Organiser® and author ofSTUFF OFF! & Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days educates communities on the benefits of ethically decluttering, offering peace of mind and helps find good homes for unwanted stuff.

Tanya has helped over 8000 people ethically declutter and, in the process, has diverted an estimated 43 000+kg of unwanted stuff from landfill. Tanya love’s being invited into communities, corporations, universities and businesses to share her passion and simple actions to reduce waste and move towards a sustainable lifestyle.

For further information:

E:            tanya@ecoorganiser.com.au

T:            Australia +61 448 877 902

www.ecoorganiser.com.au

 

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