Simplicity the key to green Christmas
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.