WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

Style Magazine - - Christmas And New Year -

Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing, good cheer, overeat­ing and, of course, presents. But do you ever stop to think about what our gen­eros­ity is do­ing to the planet? Here are a few sim­ple ways you can make Christ­mas a spe­cial time for your loved ones and the frag­ile place we call home.

WHAT A WASTE

Wrap­ping pa­per con­tin­ues to be one of our great­est sources of Christ­mas rub­bish, with up­wards of 7000 tonnes be­ing thrown away each year. This has a huge impact on our forests and land­fill (where foils can­not break down).

If you’re look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive that is stylish and will make a visual impact, why not put your present in a gift box that can be used again and again? There’s no prob­lem with re-gift­ing if you’re help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment at the same time.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Re­search shows that Aus­tralian house­holds (and busi­nesses) are throw­ing away al­most four mil­lion tonnes of food ev­ery year. Christ­mas is a par­tic­u­larly bad time for waste as we all make the tra­di­tional mis­take of buy­ing too much food – meat, fruit and other per­ish­ables – in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a grand Christ­mas lunch or din­ner.

But do we re­ally need it? There are only so many ham sand­wiches you can eat into January and only so many pavs you can get through, so keep that front of mind when head­ing down the su­per­mar­ket aisle.

ON THE CARDS

Twenty years ago, it would have been heresy to sug­gest but do we re­ally need Christ­mas cards strung across a door­way to re­mind us of all the won­der­ful peo­ple in our lives? Are they nec­es­sary?

In this world of tech­nol­ogy and con­nec­tiv­ity, it’s so much eas­ier to con­tact a loved one (even on the other side of the world) and speak face to face for free. Or send your well wishes via an email or e-card. These days there are a host of op­tions avail­able to let fam­ily and friends know you’re think­ing of them dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

By mak­ing a few changes to your habits this Christ­mas, you will not only help pro­tect our planet but hope­fully prove an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.

KEEP­ING OUR PLANET GREEN MIGHT BE THE GREAT­EST GIFT OF ALL

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