Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Even though Christmas is an amazing time of the year, we must admit that it comes with a lot of waste. Here are a few ideas to give sustainable presents.
Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer… Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
If we want to keep singing about a foggy Christmas Eve, we need to act now. Climate change is not going on holidays and neither should we!
We tend to forget about zero waste, reducing and recycling when the holidays come. Of course we shouldn’t make this a burden, but we need to be conscious that everything we do matters. Do not toss away all your traditions, but let’s make them more sustainable.
Eco-friendly presents under the tree
We have chosen some things that we believe are easy-to-buy in most parts of the world. But we invite you to ask yourself this before buying something:
Do I really have to give this person a present? It shouldn’t be an obligation, but about wanting to do it.
Where does this present come from? If you buy a reusable bottle that comes from the other side of the world, well…. Look for local brands, get closer to your town’s artisans, make them yourself.
How was this present made? It is important to dig a bit deeper about the production process. Give something that was made ethically and with love.
Well, enough bla bla, let’s get started:
Zero waste: To do the extra mile We have tested most of these and they are amazing!
Handcrafted toys from your region, like this eco-football ball - $
DIY Cardboard construction blocks, you can make them yourself with the leftover of your delivery packages - $$
Stationary and library: For the ones that love to organise and read
Laptop table made out of bamboo or from a sustainable sourced forest - $$
Veggie or Vegan recipes book - $
Season and local recipes book - $
Online magazine subscription - $$
For plant lovers
A lovely plant (not flowers, but a living one) - $
Gardening kit (like this one for Bonsais) - $
We don’t recommend clothes, because it is an industry that pollutes a lot and often doesn’t respect human and labour rights. If you really think it is the right gift to give, we advise you to take a look at We Dress Fair, they analyse brands based on transparency, ethics, sources and footprint.
Food: For the one that love to eat - $$
Package with his/her favorite local food
Package with season vegetables and fruits
Experiences: Give memories not things
Education: For the ones that love to learn - $$
Selfless gifts for an important cause - $
Support a local animal refuge
DIY Eco-Christmas decorations!
Take everything to the next level! Create your own decorations and wrapping paper. You can also give the things you make as presents.
Remember that you should Re-use, Re-duce, and Re-cycle. If you already have some decorations, take good care of them and make them last for a lot of years. I have some Christmas decorations that I have owned for almost 15 years!
Here are some Pinterest boards that have cute, easy and zero waste decorations. If you make some, make sure to send us a picture.
Click on the images to go to the boards :)
Vegan and veggie recipes for a delightful dinner!
Remember that meat production is one of the industries that pollutes the most. That is why trying some vegan or veggie recipes can have an enormous impact!
We recommend the Pick Up Limes channel that has some amazing ideas! Everything looks beautiful and yummy! You can start for dessert this year and take it to a meat-less dinner next year!