A Conscious Christmas – 7 Ways to be Eco-friendly this Christmas

Wow, it is this time of year already! I swear, the older you get the more time just flies by! However, I am not complaining because Christmas has come along again and it’s always a great time of the year to be with family, friends and just overall great company.

The more I have become aware of humanities impact on the earth, the more I question the things I buy before I purchase them. This is because I am astonished that everything that is made has had to come from SOMETHING natural, some natural resource or chemical process that has affected the environment in some way. Now, of course, this mindset can be a little exhausting if you get into too much depth with it, but it is an important thought to have if you want to start being more environmentally conscious.

Because Christmas is coming, this is the time for us to buy all sorts of things, and sometimes unnecessary things, which means more unnecessary waste and harm done to our earth. Unless we can be smarter Christmas shoppers this year!

I have a few tips I went by last Christmas and I felt like I was very happy with them as well as my family and friends. Here they are:

1. Buy Smart – Buying smart means to buy a gift that can be reused over and over again for many years to come! That way, there will be less waste and it will be a handy gift for life!

Suggestion! Eco-friendly Christmas Bundle! 

2. Experiences – Instead of buying a material gift, try using Groupon or Adrenalin, or a similar platform to find experiences to give to your loved ones.  Giving someone an experience can end up being the best gift of all because they create beautiful memories that last forever and they may be experiences that they would never have given themselves otherwise. 

3. Safe Presents – Buy your loved ones gifts that are natural and toxin-free. Not only will this protect them from nasty additives but it can be a way of educating them about how easy it is to shop for the things you love but protect yourself and the environment at the same time.

Suggestion! Toxin and cruelty-free makeup!

4. Donation – If you don’t especially desire anything this Christmas and think your friends and family would be buying you just any old thing, you can suggest for them to put your Christmas present money towards a charity of your choice! Christmas is a great time to give to those that may not be fortunate enough to get a Christmas gift or spend it with loved ones, so your gift will be even more special. 

Suggestion! My chosen charity last year was buying land from the Daintree Rainforest so it is forever protected against deforestation!

5. Christmas Wrapping – Use newspaper or a reusable gift bag to wrap your gifts! I have gift bags that I have received from my friends and family and kept them over the years for my own gifts to give. However, if they are to my family, I usually ask if I can take them back to reuse them again haha. Otherwise, there are companies out there that provide Christmas wrapping paper made from 100% recycled newspaper!

6. Clothing – Clothing is a very popular present to give, but is actually very environmentally costly. To be more eco-friendly you can give them clothing made from bamboo! It is ALOT more sustainable and environmentally friendly!

Boody Eco Wear

To understand more about why Bamboo clothing is more sustainable than cotton or polyester clothing, have a peep at the article below!

See More: Bamboo Clothing Brands – Are they really eco-friendly? 

7. Plastic-free Gifts – If you do want to give your family or friends something that won’t last forever but will be a great present anyhow, try and find a plastic-free alternative! Plastic is a big no, no for the environment however luckily in today’s society, there are so many companies out there creating plastic alternatives to so many products.

Suggestion! For example, if you want to buy them a shampoo set, buy them a Natural Shampoo bar!

 

Thank you!

Thank you for landing on this blog to better your knowledge on what you can do to help our planet! Now more then ever we need more environmentally conscious people like you, doing the little things that make a big difference. Thanks for being a part of the movement and I hope to hear from you in the comment section below! I would love to hear any other ideas you have for a more Conscious Christmas!

 

Yours Truly,

 

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

 

 

14 thoughts on “A Conscious Christmas – 7 Ways to be Eco-friendly this Christmas

  1. This is really an awesome idea! I am definitely going to follow your ways and convey this to my friends too. I feel it is the responsibility of every human to take care of the environment. I love the idea of conscious Christmas. Thanks for this wonderful post.

  2. Who’d a thunk that clothes can be made from Bamboo? I agree with that. Bamboo is very environmentally friendly because it grows fast, and leaves a much smaller carbon footprint than other materials.
    I also agree on buying something that can be used over and over again. I hate the disposable society the world has become. The plastics issue, for one is a worry to me. Have you seen all that garbage in the oceans? It’s disgusting.
    I live in South East Asia now, and the amount of plastic bags they use is beyond belief.
    If you go into a 7-11 here and buy a drink, it comes in a plastic bottle. You get a straw, which is made of plastic, and would you believe it, the straw comes in a plastic wrapper too.
    Top it all off with a little plastic bag for your plastic bottle and plastic straw with plastic wrapper and you have 4 lots of plastic that’s going to waste after just a couple of minutes once you’ve finished your drink.
    I think it’s terrible. Something has to be done about that.

    1. Thanks for commenting, James! Oh my goodness, that sounds so annoying! We just use so much unneccessary plastic these days and as you said, it is used for a few seconds while we hold the bottle, drink it and then throw it all away. I agree change needs to happen.

  3. You really have some great ideas to be more Eco-friendly. The politicians here in Denmark has just suggested that all plastic bags has to be payed for by the customer and not given for free. The hope is that if people have to pay for every plastic bag they will think twice before just accepting a bag, and some will chose not to get a bag. I hope that it will bring down the plastic waste in the future. We also have a plastic bottle pawn system, so when you buy something in a plastic bottle you will pay extra for the bottle. When the bottle is returned you get the money back. It’s only like $0,5 but when you store the empty bottles at home and bring more back at the time it can end up being quite a lot of money.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Belinda! Oh wow that is amazing! I love hearing the immense progress people are making around the world, it is so inspiring! Here, in Sydney, Australia, we have seen a 80% decline in plastic bag usage due to big food companies reducing their plastic bag use. Thank you for sharing that!

  4. “Doing the little things that make a big difference” – This is my takeaway from this marvelous post. These are superb suggestions and above all so simple. As you rightly said people have to make a “conscious” choice and sadly this is where the problem lies. This Christmas i am going to gift my loved ones with “Experiences” & “Donations” 🙂

    Thanks Danielle! I hope this message reaches out to more and more people and i wish all of them a Happy (Conscious) Christmas 🙂

    1. Thank you for commenting, Satish! I am so happy to hear you have got something from this post, and are willing to make some concious changes to your christmas gifts! Thanks for your wishes too and I send them to you as well! 🙂

  5. Thank you, Danielle for sharing this great article about making conscious choices that are good for both the environment and the wallet. We only have one globe, and we should take good care of it. We don’t have anywhere else to live, right? 😉

  6. Thanks for those tips, I love the idea of buying land! That is a great gift for someone who has almost everything. I quit wrapping Xmas presents many years ago – I also use reusable paper gift bags. Besides, gift wrapping gets much less time consuming this way 🙂 Every X-mas I buy some kind of experience (travel or culture) as a gift for my husband and we then enjoy it together. To me, the experience is more valuable than a physical gift.
    Tip for hosting Xmas parties – instead of disposable plastic cutlery, try disposables made out of birch wood. They are fully biodegradable and compostable, we use them a lot and our guests love it!

  7. I did not know you can make clothing from bamboo. That is a new one for me. I was just going to buy a Christmas sweater for my Dad without much thought, but I guess I will have to do a bit more searching now. Since I am a millennial, I have to be extra conscientious with the things I purchase.

    I do have a question though. Where do you recommend I buy bamboo based clothing? I do not even know where to begin to look. I look forward to reading your reply

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Hey, Alex! There are some websites such as Boody Eco Wear that sell bamboo clothing. I am unaware of bamboo clothing being provided in physical shops but you can always search online 🙂

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