Tips for an eco Christmas
* Locally made
* Recycled and second hand
* World Vision, Oxfam Unwrapped or Givealittle vouchers.
* Rechargeable batteries for those Christmas toys and gadgets.
* Recycled Secret Santa: re-gift perfectly good ‘stuff’ that doesn’t get used and may be of interest to someone else.
* Cut down on multiple present purchases by assembling gift baskets for entire families.
* Make-your-own vouchers and give your time or and experiences as gifts, i.e. gardening, a picnic etc.
* Use Freecycle: www.freecycle.org
* Make-your-own gifts such as chutneys, jams, ginger bread, body scrubs, infused olive oil, scrubs, cleaning products.
* Give living plants.
* Help others be plastic free by giving cloth shopping bags, lunch wraps and stainless steel drink bottles.
Decorations and cards:
* Send electronic Christmas cards.
* Make-your-own cards and decorations.
* Cut up old Christmas cards for tags for presents next year.
* Save your decorations and reuseable items like wrapping paper, ribbons and gift bags to use again next year.
* Avoid glossy and metallic wrapping paper which cannot be recycled.
* Make-your-own wrapping paper from newsprint, a great activity for children.
* Use twine, flax or fabric ribbons instead of tape (which is non-recyclable).
* Present gifts wrapped in fabric, or in bags or boxes that can be reused.
* Look for present options with no packaging.
* Buy a living native Christmas tree in a pot to use year after year, or start growing one for next year.
* Build your own driftwood or cardboard tree.
* Plan ahead and avoid plastic/throw away tableware.
* Recycle left-overs into new recipes.
* Join the Social Pantry Kāpiti Facebook page and offer your excess Christmas treats to others.