Every penny we spend supports the type of world we want to create. Here at Eco Orkney we love to share our tips on how to make your festivities friendlier to our shared home.
Quality not quantity:
We have all received gifts we know we aren't going to use for Christmas. When buying gifts we like to buy fewer better quality gifts. The receiver will enjoy that you put time into picking a quality item that will last them or will be usable. This reduces the chances of gifts going in the bin and can be kinder for your wallet and the planet.
Gift an experience:
Gifting an experience for your loved ones will reduce demand for something that's going to landfill and can leave a lasting impression. It can bring people together and help them prioritise some more 'me time'. Think about your local area... are there tickets to shows, dives, a meal, craft studios, art sessions, concerts or events. If you are feeling inspired what about a homemade coupon book. Make a restaurant reservation or give a gift card. As a bonus it means Christmas comes twice for the receiver, when they get to go on the experience!
Look at the materials gifts are made from and keep sustainability in mind. Ensure wood and paper gifts are made from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials. Avoid single plastics items that can’t be recycled and look for things like Organic-certified food and clothing. Buying second-hand items saves on resources needed to make new products. Vintage clothes and home furnishings, and refurbished technology can make great sustainable gifts.