Earlier this month we hosted "Dreaming of a Green Christmas" here at Go Eco. We invited groups and members of our community to come in and share tips on how to have a less trashy Christmas.
With an increasing awareness of the impact we are having on our planet, with excess consumption, packaging and waste we felt it timely to provide a positive and fun way to learn new habits.
If you missed the event - Here are 5 tips for a Less Trashy Christmas
Shop at markets for less packaging, less food miles and supporting your local community. Hamilton has numerous to choose from including regular ones like Frankton Market (every Saturday morning); the Hamilton Farmers Markets (every Sunday) and Hamilton East on the first and third Sunday of the month. #supportlocal
Carry a re-usable bag. From now until New Years, you know you'll be doing more food shopping; so remember to get in the habit of keeping some in your car or next to the front door.
Handmade gifts are the best kind. Really. Consider a gift of baking, bliss balls, seedlings or putiputi. Short on time? check out Go Eco in Frankton for gifts to help your loved ones live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Ditch the non-recyclable wrapping paper. Change to reusable and personalised gift bags. Use kids artwork or brown paper and string.
Meal plan. Don't waste food. Buy less perishable foods. Gift or donate what you can't use then feed animals or compost any waste. Changing to a meat / dairy-free diet even once a week reduces your environmental impact significantly. Why not try a new vegan dish this year?
They may seem like small changes but at times also overwhelming. Start the journey
by carefully considering each purchase you make. Do I need this? Can I buy it with less packaging? Can I reuse it? then, taking a good look at what is going out in your black bag each week and actively trying to reduce that. A bag a week, will go to a bag every 2-3 weeks within
While zero-waste might seem like a lofty and impossible goal, it's an aspiration that we can share. For support and a forum to ask questions feel free to connect with Zero-waste Kirikiriroa. You are also welcome to pop into Go Eco at any time if you have questions about waste minimisation.
Will you be less trashy this Christmas?