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Have yourselves a sustainable little Christmas

Date: 10-Dec-19
Author: Elise Catterall

It's not hard to come up with gift and decoration ideas that are fun and creative but won't cost the earth.

It's not hard to come up with gift and decoration ideas that are fun and creative but won't cost the earth.

With internet searches for terms like ‘eco-friendly Christmas’, ‘sustainable Christmas’, and ‘environmentally friendly Christmas’ peaking this year at an all-time high (according to Google trends), we have compiled a guide to some of the best ways to ensure you have your most sustainable holiday season ever.



For many of us, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a tree and decorations. Our first piece of advice is to use what you have. If you have an artificial tree and a box of baubles and tinsel in your shed, don’t feel bad about using it. If you don’t, then consider some of the following options:

The tree




Gifting is at the core of Christmas so it is not surprising that mindful, sustainable gifting is where you can do the most good and send a message to both recipients and sellers at the same time. Sustainable gifting options are almost endless but there are guidelines you can follow. We recommend buying/giving gifts that are:


Wrapping and cards

International agency Care Australia has reported that Australian’s use approximately 150,000 kilometres of wrapping paper each year. Here are some alternatives to minimise that waste:



There are many ways to minimise the waste and environmental impact of Christmas dinner.

Christmas is a time of massive food waste, so plan your meals carefully so you don’t over-shop or over-prepare. Defrost your freezer and clear your fridge before Christmas day so you can store leftovers. If you have excess food, you can use the Olio app to share food within your community.

There’s a lot of information here, so our advice is taking small steps; tackle what you can. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all things we can do to lower our impact this Christmas but remember that every change is a positive one.

See you next time! - Elise


Elise                                             Catterall
Author: Elise Catterall

Elise is a writer, photographer, and naturopath with a passion for nature. She completed a Master of Public Health in 2017 through the University of Sydney. Her photographic work focuses on flowers and plants as a way of celebrating nature. She has been writing for Planet Ark since 2017, sharing positive environment stories, personal environmental experiences and perspectives.

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