How to have a more sustainable Christmas
Christmas is traditionally the period of peak consumption, when we go all out on gifts and food to impress our families and guests. You can, however, have a more sustainable Christmas season without having to sacrifice any magic or festivity.
1- Shop local - Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local businesses often have a much smaller carbon footprint than larger companies. Local businesses are also owned by people who invest in their communities and genuinely care about the community's future and welfare.
2- Give "battery-free" gifts. According to the EPA, about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Even rechargeable batteries find their way into the waste stream eventually. No battery toys (or naturally powered toys) like wooden shape sorters and puzzles help boost critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They foster a sense of satisfaction when a child can do things "all by myself".
3- Recycle Old Electronics
New flat-screen computer monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones, and other electronic items are common holiday gifts. Older models which are being replaced are usually still in working order, however, and should not be discarded to a landfill.
Eventually all electronics reach the end of their lives and they become electronic waste.
A United Nations study reported that 44.7 MILLION tons of e-waste was discarded in 2016, and only 20 percent of it was disposed of properly. A quick google search will help you find out where old electronics can be brought near you.
5- Experiences - Sometimes means so much more than giving a tangible gift. It also doesn’t usually produce as much waste. Concert tickets, a trip to a museum, a long weekend in a secluded cabin, or a dinner and a movie date are all great options. Not only will this help reduce clutter in the home, but it will help create memories, bonding time, self-growth and stories that can be retold for years (or generations).
"While you are alive collect moments not things, earn respect not money and enjoy love not luxuries"