Big or small, every positive action you take to help protect the environment can make a difference. This festive season, show the planet some love while also saving your hip pocket. Here are some tips to get started.
Relax! Refuse doesn’t mean turning into the Grinch or going without. It’s simply being aware of what you buy. During your Christmas shop, consider how the product was produced, what it’s made of and how long it will last. Make a pact with yourself to refuse to buy what you really don’t need or what isn’t going to go the distance. Where you can, go for locally made, good quality and ethically sourced products. An easy way to start is to make a
commitment to refuse to use plastic shopping bags over Christmas. From groceries to gifts, it’s a simple but significant change.
Save time and money this Christmas by taking the green alternative where it makes simple sense. Start with your festive lights. You could reduce your energy usage by using a timer to keep them running for a short stretch through the evening. Definitely make sure they’re turned off (even at the wall) during the day, and when you’re asleep. For added energy economy, use a product that has energy efficient LED lights or – better still – use solar lights!
New is nice, but old can be oh so special! Here’s an idea. Invite your friends over for cheese and craft or spend the afternoon with your kids making something cool from something you already have. Origami stars make nifty tree decorations and can be made from old newspapers or coloured paper. Cut up an old tablecloth and make mix-match napkins. Turn an old magazine into mini Christmas trees for table dressing. There’s not much YouTube can’t teach these days and best of all, you can spend time leading up to Christmas having fun with the people you love, all while helping the environment.
Gift shopping is a big part of the festive season experience. When you’re cruising the aisles or store racks, take a moment to ask yourself: “Can this product be recycled?” Take it a step further and try to find wrapping paper or cards made from recycled products. Then, place all these materials loosely into a home craft box, ready to be made into something else magical next year.
With public holidays for Christmas and New Year’s Day, kerbside bin collections will vary slightly. Click here to view Council’s bin collection calendar to be sure you put your bins out on the right day!
Get Creative With Your Community
Christmas is a great time to get crafty.
The North Adelaide Community Centre is running a cool workshop on Friday 23 November (10.30am – 12.30pm) where you can learn how to make a Christmas wreath for your front door. All materials are supplied for a workshop cost of $3 and best of all, you’ll be making your welcome wreath from gathered material, not new.
Limited places are available, so bookings are essential on (08) 8203 7811.
Ditch the disposable
Start a festive tradition and invest in a quality tablecloth and napkins you use each year.
Forget the Christmas crackers
Spread the love by trading free compliments with your lunch guests.
Be recycle ready
Next to your inside general waste bin, setup up a few recycling boxes for guests. Start the sustainable conversation early in the day and spend more time on Boxing Day relaxing instead of sorting plastics and bottles.
Ask guests to bring their own containers for leftovers. It’ll save on plastic wrap and make Boxing Day easier for all.
Stay up to date with all the events and activities happening in the city this festive season at cityofadelaide.com.au/christmas