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by Freia Jensen

Christmas is a time of celebration with delicious food, presents and long overdue family catch ups. Unfortunately, it also brings a lot of unnecessary waste. In fact, Australia’s waste increases by around 30% during the Christmas holiday … yep, that is a lot!

Luckily, you can be part of the change and have a more sustainable Christmas without turning your life upside down. If we all do our little bit, it can most certainly have a big impact!

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Tip #1 – Collect Containers for Change

Do not throw money in the bin this Christmas!
Set up a second bin/or big cardboard box to collect all your eligible containers. Once your bin is full, simply drop by your local collection point and get 10 cents for each container!

Tip #2 – Quit standard wrapping paper

Australians use more than 150,000km of wrapping paper during Christmas – enough to wrap around Earth’s equator nearly 4 times.

Try wrapping your gift in a nice piece of cloth or a tea towel instead to make a unique gift!

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Tip #3 – Recycle your soft plastic

Feel good eating chocolate this season by collecting your soft plastic wrappers and recycle them through the REDcycle program with collection points at your local Woolworth & Coles.

Check out REDcycle’s website for a full list of what items are accepted: https://redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/

Tip #4 – Gift experiences instead of things

Did you know Aussies receive over 20 million unwanted gifts at Christmas time?

Avoid contributing to that statistic by gifting exciting experiences instead of things! How about a Sip & Paint class or a resin art workshop?

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Tip #5 – Avoid food waste

The average cost of food waste per household in Australia is between $2,000-2,500 each year!

Don’t make the same mistake this year! Only cater for guests coming, not the whole neighbourhood…

When we waste food, not only does it end up in landfill where it produces methane BUT we also waste all the resources used to grow and create it!

Tip #6 – Make your own decorations

Spend some quality time with your family this holiday while making your own unique Christmas decorations!

Challenge yourself by folding German ‘froebel’ stars to hang around the house or dry some orange slices to hang on your Christmas tree!

Check out the range of paper strips for your stars on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/au/search?q=froebel+star+paper+strips&ref=auto-1

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Good luck creating your own sustainable Christmas traditions!

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Sources
i australianethical.com.au
iimedianet.com.au
iiiGumtree Smart Santa Survey 2016
ivozharvest.org

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