Eco-friendly Christ­mas gift ideas

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.plas­ticfree­by­

Photo: Con­trib­uted

EASY: Con­sider en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly gifts.

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