Sim­plic­ity the key to green Christ­mas

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beattie

War on Waste Kar­ratha’s Jes­sica Bros­nan is urg­ing ev­ery­one to be a lit­tle more green this Christ­mas and has some handy tips on how to do it.

Af­ter watch­ing the War on Waste doc­u­men­tary about a month be­fore Christ­mas last year, Jes­sica started her quest to be more eco-con­scious.

She de­cided to fo­cus on lim­it­ing waste on presents, dec­o­ra­tions and gift wrap­ping.

Jes­sica said that with her chil­dren’s presents, she would be lim­it­ing the num­ber and ask­ing the grand­par­ents to ei­ther chip in for one big present or de­posit money in the chil­dren’s bank ac­counts.

“We want to to keep it sim­ple, so we’re go­ing with the theme of some­thing they need, some­thing to wear and some­thing to read,” she said.

“We’ve also sent out a mes­sage to all our fam­ily re­quest­ing ei­ther a gift of an ex­pe­ri­ence, money for their ac­counts or clothes and books.”

The Bros­nans have had the same Christ­mas tree and dec­o­ra­tions for four years now and any new dec­o­ra­tions are home­made.

“Mak­ing your own fab­ric bunting from old clothes is a great DIY project and great to get the kids in­volved, plus Christ­mas cards can be hung over string on the wall too,” Jes­sica said.

“If you don’t have a Christ­mas tree you can get cre­ative and make your own from drift­wood or old pal­lets.”

Gift wrap­ping is the hard­est part to keep green but us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als is a good place to start.

“Last Christ­mas we went with things like cloth to wrap presents, also pa­per that’s ly­ing around the house or news­pa­per which the kids dec­o­rate with colours and paint,” she said.

Over­all, Jes­sica rec­om­mends fo­cus­ing on fam­ily and not on ma­te­rial things. “Christ­mas can get a lit­tle crazy and over­whelm­ing for lit­tle ones, es­pe­cially, so my motto is buy less, love more, spend less and eat more, be­cause Christ­mas is all about love and food,” she said.

Jes­sica Bros­nan and Lucy, 1, get in to the fes­tive spirit.

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