Zero Waste Christmas 101
Written By Berwick Bulk Foods
The Holidays are a time for family and gift giving. Unfortunately, the outlook is not so wonderful for Mother Earth as the holidays are expected to bring in more waste from all the celebrations.
But instead of overwhelming you with a long list of tips, here are some guiding principles to help you enjoy a green Christmas.
1. Get Creative with the Gift Wrap
Australians use more than 150,000km of wrapping paper during Christmas – enough to wrap around Earth’s equator nearly 4 times.
Reuse newspaper or other packaging, last year’s saved wrapping paper
Say yes to Bee Wax Wraps and Reusable Cloth Bags!
Gift a nicely arranged food basket
2. Be Mindful on Meals
90% of Aussies usually discard over 25% of their food during the festive period (December 1 – January ).
Compost your scraps that don't make the cut for leftovers
Look for the "Australian Made" symbol instore to limit your carbon footprint (we love when you bring your own containers!)
Ask guests to bring their own containers, wraps and flatware to take home for leftovers - this will prevent the plastic cling wrap and takeaway containers.
3. Practise responsible shopping
Aussies receive over 20 million unwanted gifts at Christmas time.
Grow a gift - gifting plants and seeds is a great way to brighten things up for your green thumbed friend
Make a gift - DIY gifts are thoughtful, unique and personal. (We love DIY Bath Bombs, Bliss Balls and Lip Balms)
Personalise your gift - Why not fill out a mason jar with your loved ones favourite candies, chocolates and treats?