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  • Writer's pictureJenny Hu

How to Have a Sustainable Christmas

"Only 1% of what we buy is still in use six months from its purchase." - Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

Christmas is often seen as a holiday of excess, but it can still be celebrated without having to buy in to the need to purchase anything and everything for the season. Let's explore the key ways we can be more sustainable this season.

1— Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity: Crafting Meaningful Gifts

This Christmas, shift the focus from mass consumerism to thoughtful, handmade gifts. Embrace the art of crafting personalized presents that carry sentimental value. Whether it's a hand-knitted scarf, a carefully curated playlist, or a custom piece of art, prioritizing quality over quantity adds a meaningful touch to the season.

2— Embrace Recycled Paper

Make your gifts not only memorable but also eco-friendly by using recycled gift wrapping paper. Choose wraps made from post-consumer recycled materials to reduce the environmental impact. This simple switch transforms the act of giving into a sustainable gesture that resonates with the spirit of the season.

3— DIY Decorations: Infuse Creativity, Reduce Waste

Add a personal touch to your festive ambiance by crafting your own decorations. Opt for a sustainable approach by repurposing materials or breathing new life into existing ornaments. This not only minimizes waste but also allows you to express creativity, making each decoration a unique and cherished part of your holiday tradition.

4— Fashion Sustainability: Re-Wear or Borrow for Gatherings

Instead of succumbing to the pressure of buying new outfits for every holiday gathering, consider re-wearing your favorite festive attire. Alternatively, explore the joy of borrowing or swapping fashion items with friends and family. This not only promotes a sustainable approach to fashion but also fosters a sense of community and shared celebration.

This Christmas, let's redefine the season's essence by embracing sustainability, creativity, and mindful consumption. By making conscious choices in gift-giving, wrapping, decorating, and fashion, we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable and joyous holiday experience.🌲🌟


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