Eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas
DO CHRISTMAS gift giving right this year and consider giving handy gifts that are ecofriendly.
The Plastic Free Byron team are urging Byron Shire residents to reduce their plastic packaging as much as they can.
The co-ordinator of Plastic Free Byron’s Make The Switch Program, Coral Latella, said 95 per cent of all plastic packaging was used once then thrown away as waste or litter.
“Christmas is a time when our use of plastic packaging increases dramatically,” she said.
“We are encouraging everyone to think about buying presents for friends and family that reduce litter and change wasteful habits.”
Top of the list includes:
● Reusable water bottles and coffee cups
● Reusable bags (such as a Boomerang Bag)
● Reusable straw sets
● Beeswax food wraps and coverings
Other ideas include fruit and vegetable produce bags, shampoo bars and hand-made soaps that aren’t packaged in plastic, and personal care accessories such as a body brush made from eco-friendly biodegradable materials.
All can be found at local markets or businesses.
“Wrap these in natural paper, newspaper, fabric or reuse old gift paper, wrapping in twine,” Ms Latella said.
“When entertaining, consider using your own cutlery and cups, and don’t use plastic straws or stirrers – do you really need them?”
To find a list of our member businesses, or join the campaign, go to www.plasticfreebyron.com/maketheswitch
EASY: Consider environmentally friendly gifts.