5 Tips For Having an Ethical Christmas
Author: Jacqui - F&F Date Posted:20 November 2018
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Celebrating, indulging and giving are a large part of the festive tradition, but naturally, this increase in consumption is closely followed by a spike in our environmental impact.
By making a few easy changes to your Christmas traditions, you can minimise your footprint and become more mindful during December. To help you, we’ve put together some easy swaps you can make this Christmas to ensure that you have an ethical holiday season.
Gift giving season is upon us, along with the added stress of what to choose. If you’re not sure of what to get someone on your list, opt for an experience that’s suited to their interests such as a concert, musical or dinner. This idea means less waste and you’ll know that the gift will definitely get used!
If you consider yourself more of the crafty type, put your time into creating a handmade gift. Handmade gifts are a great Christmas idea and your loved ones will appreciate the time & effort you spent preparing them. Jams, cookies, chocolate, a herb garden, bath bombs or candles are a few gift ideas that you can make at home.
If you’re not wanting to accumulate more gifts this year, let your loved ones know that you would like your gift to be a donation towards your favourite charity. Not only will you minimise your footprint by not receiving a physical gift, but you’ll feel great knowing that your donation has the potential to change someone's life. We love Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary and Sea Shepherd Australia.
Stuck on options? Shop our great range of ethical and eco-friendly gifts available in our Christmas Shop.
DIY Advent Calendars
For some, advent calendars are ingrained in Christmas culture, counting down the days until the festivities begin. Traditionally, chocolate calendars are popular amongst children, but why not ditch the plastic, try something new and make your own? One of our customers, Kate, created her own advent calendar and stocked it full with Flora & Fauna goodies. If you’re looking for some DIY advent calendar ideas from F&F, consider a Hurraw Lip Balm, Mini ANSC Perfume, Green + Kind Cutlery Set, Treat Dreams Chocolate Bear or The Chocolate Yogi Oscar Bar.
We also love Jacqui Lawson Digital Advent Calendars. Pick a theme and whisk yourself off to Edinburgh or the Swiss Alps for some snowy fun.
Image by nähmarie
There’s nothing like sitting around the Christmas tree surrounded by family and friends on Christmas day. It’s a tradition that a lot of families have grown up with, however it’s one that can cause harm to our beautiful planet. Unfortunately, the mass production of artificial Christmas trees leaves an enormous footprint on our planet as they eventually end up in landfill. One way to reduce your impact is to grow, use and replant your own Christmas tree each year.
If you’re wanting to use a real tree but don’t consider yourself a green thumb, you can buy or rent a live potted tree. This alternative enables you to return the tree when the festive season has finished where it will be replanted for the next season.
Already have an artificial Christmas tree? Take good care of it so it can be used for many years to come. By caring for your tree, you can keep it out of landfill and even pass it down through generations!
Each year Australia goes through approximately 365,000 metres of gift wrap, most of which is single use. This year, reuse your gift wrap and use packaging you’ve already got at home such as newspaper or shoe boxes.
Here at Flora & Fauna, we package all of our orders in a recyclable cardboard box padded with Kraft paper, so if you’re planning on doing some Christmas shopping with us, make use of our packaging when it comes to wrapping time.
If you’re set on the idea of purchasing cards and gift wrap, we have a range from Earth Greetings of ethical Christmas cards and wrapping paper made from 100% post consumer waste. Alternatively, if you’ve still got last years cards at home, cut off the front image and use them as gift tags.
Image by Stampington & Company
Recycling at Christmas time sounds like a no-brainer, but when this busy time hits it can be easy to forget about ways to recycle that go beyond your household bins. When buying gifts, try to avoid items that require batteries. If you do require batteries for a gift, include rechargeable ones and when they no longer work, drop them off at your local Aldi and utilise their free battery recycling service.
If you receive a gift for Christmas that you know you’ll never use (it might be that Secret Santa!), don’t throw it out. Think of your options and consider donating, regifting, or swapping your gift with a friend or family member. It could be just what someone else needs.
If you have any other ideas do let us know.