Christmas is the perfect time to catch up with friends and family and enjoy the festive spirit. It's also a good time to consider implementing sustainable practices around the home and purchasing products with sustainable features.
Bunnings offer their helpful tips and tricks for maintaining a sustainable home and garden this Christmas.
• If you have festive lights on your Christmas tree, ensure they are switched off when you leave the house or go to bed. This will save money on your electricity bill and is also safer than leaving them on.
• If you are going away during the Christmas period and want to leave a light on for security reasons, a timer is ideal as it will switch lights on and off at an allocated time. It is also important to turn off all power points at the switch when away from the home, as this will reduce standby power costs.
• A simple and affordable way to make your home and garden look more festive is to decorate the garden with energy efficient LED or solar lights.
• Grow your own vegetables and herbs for Christmas dinners and lunches this year. Vegetable and herb seeds and the right soil conditions will allow vegetables and herbs to flourish and allows you to serve fresh and local produce with your turkey or ham.
• Vegetable and food scraps are plentiful during the Christmas period, so it's a good idea to compost food scraps in a worm or compost bin to reduce waste going to landfill.
• Eating and drinking is always on the agenda over Christmas, so remember to recycle all waste products instead of placing them in the general waste bin. Make sure the recycled waste is not put in a plastic bag, just placed directly into the recycling bin.
• It is great to have outdoor furniture to sit on whilst entertaining over the festive season, especially on balmy nights. Bunnings FSC outdoor furniture range is a great option if you want a certified timber product and there is a variety of table settings and chairs to choose from at your local store.
• If you are buying batteries to go with gifts this Christmas make sure you choose rechargeable batteries to ensure less batteries end up in land fill.
• Give a sustainable gift this Christmas! Buying friends and family practical gifts, such as energy and water saving products, will provide sustainable solutions for the home and garden and will also save your loved ones money.
• Take a reusable shopping bag with you when shopping this season as this will reduce the need for plastic bags. Bunnings offers customers free boxes for purchased products.
• Instead of buying gifts this season that may be used or thrown away, why not buy your friends and family a Bunnings gift card instead? Then they can choose from a wide range of products, which could be used to decorate or renovate their home.