12 Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Earth this Holiday Season
This time of year can be magical and bring out the best in people and the community. It is a time to be generous and grateful for all that gives us life, support and so much more. We all love to give gifts to our loved ones to show them how much we are grateful for them being in our lives, create feasts to share love and laughter around the table. This time of year can also be stressful with added pressure to buy those Christmas decorations that line the shelves in the department store and things that are just things.
The holiday season generates 30% more waste than the rest of the year (including 8000 tonnes from gift wrapping alone or the equivalent of 50,000 trees). Within the first 6 months of purchase, about 80% of products end up in the trash – that’s a lot of unnecessary waste! This year, have a thought for the Earth and give it a gift of your pledge to help preserve it (it is our home after all) and minimise your footprint by taking some Earth-friendly steps.
Here are 12 easy tips for you to help with gift-giving, feasting, cleaning and simply making the best choice: