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