At Christmas we buy more and eat more than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the environmental and financial impact of these festive activities check out the following links for tips to reduce, reuse and recycle this year.
Planet Ark - the 12 Do's of Christmas
The 12 Do's of Christmas
are set to once again inspire Aussies to celebrate with more joy and less waste. Here are a few ideas to help you involve your loved ones, and get more people doing good these holidays:
- Hold a decorations crafternoon with your family or friends instead of buying them, highlighting Do#1 - Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own. Maybe even try a Christmas card tree or bunting using last year's cards, and you'll also tick off Do #11 - Recycle your Christmas cards at home, or use them for arts and crafts.
- Mix up your gift giving strategy this year by highlighting Do #3 with friends and family - Find out what your recipients really want, or choose an experience or charity gift.
- Get in touch with the Christmas cooks this year and ask if they need any help with planning and coordinating what other family members will bring, highlighting your commitment to Do #5 - Prevent food wastage - only open what you need, serve smaller portions, store and use left-overs. While you're at it, offer your services (and feed your garden) for Do #6 - Compost or worm farm your unavoidable food scraps.
For extra brownie points, post a photo of your craftiness on the Planet Ark Facebook page and let your friends know how you've committed to a waste wise Christmas this year on social media.
Festive Season Eco Tips: Remember to recycle your wrapping, bottles, and cans.
The summer festive season is time for celebrating with family and friends, it's also important to be mindful of reducing our waste and to remember sustainable living goals.
Keep up your good work during the festive season and remember to keep recycling. The vast majority of what we call rubbish is actually recyclable. Once you’ve done your bit to reduce the waste your celebrations create, remember to recycle what you can’t avoid.
- Recycle wrapping paper – choose gift wrap made from paper rather than plastic or foil, then don’t forget to recycle the paper wrapping once the gift giving is complete. Recycling one tonne of paper saves 30,000 litres of water!
- Avoid disposable cups and cutlery – choose reusable picnic and party serving options. Most disposable paper cups are made with polyethylene meaning they can’t be recycled and would in fact contaminate the recycling stream. By choosing reusable products you can help stop 1 million disposable cups ending up in landfill each minute.
- Recycle at your workplace party – ensure your workplace’s end of year party will have recycling facilities. Use some nifty recycling signage from Planet Ark to make it easy for guests to play their part. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a washing machine for 10 minutes.
- Sort and recycle aluminium, glass and plastic –if you haven’t been able to avoid packaging for items like beverages, remember to recycle all glass, aluminium, and the plastic numbers 1 to 7. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours. If you’ve organised a big party this festive season, flatten your recyclables to fit more in the recycling bin and store any additional recyclables for the next collection. Remember that plastic bags should not be put in the recycling bin.
- Choose reusable batteries – choose the gift that keeps on giving by including a reusable battery pack with battery-powered presents. Remember to recycle any single-use batteries, to prevent them ending up in landfill. Find your nearest battery bin here.