Tips for Being Green this Christmas

During the holiday season, the power to go green is in your hands! Here are some simple tips for reducing your environmental footprint this year.

Being environmentally conscious is important all year, but being extra mindful around the holidays can save loads of waste from entering landfill.

Though it’s a fun time of year, Christmas often means lots of over-indulging and wastefulness. On average, Australians send 1.9 million tonnes of paper to landfill each year.

There are so many ways you can be a little greener this Christmas, and Lush make it especially easy for you by providing gorgeous, eco-friendly products and gifts. Here are some simple tips for reducing your environmental footprint this year:

Repurpose

When shopping for pre-wrapped gifts, ask yourself: is the packaging reusable, or will it end up in the landfill? Look for packaging that’s not just attractive but functional too. LUSH tins and hatboxes  not only contain luxurious, fresh handmade product, but can be repurposed to store all sorts of things like jewellery, stationary, haberdashery or Christmas ornaments after Christmas. 

Unwrapped is Best

Consider giving a gift that doesn’t need any wrapping at all. Offering experiences like a weekend getaway or a home-cooked meal offer the opportunity to build relationships and create memories, not waste. To maintain the element of surprise, create a scavenger hunt that leads to a well-hidden ‘voucher’ on Christmas morning! You could even tell friends and family that you’d rather they donate to your chosen charity than supply you with presents this year.

Reduce, Reuse, Rewrap

When wrapping up gifts at home, try using recycled or reusable materials like baskets so they can be used after they receive the gift - rather than contributing to landfill. For wrapping with paper, get creative with pages from old magazines, newspapers or maps. Not only will these recycled papers make for uniquely wrapped gifts, they’ll help to keep additional waste from entering landfills.

For an even more environmentally friendly option, LUSH has a great range of an eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper – the knot wrap - which uses vintage scarves instead of gift-wrap. Based on the Japanese art of Furoshiki, it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift-wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Once gifted, these scarves can then either be re-used again and again as bags to carry items in, or as fashionable head-scarves / neck-scarves, etc. You can purchase already made gifts wrapped in these gorgeous scarves, or buy them individually, so you can pick the scarf design and the product to go in it!

Reducing waste isn’t just for the festive season. You can use these ideas all year long. For even more eco-friendly gifts and products, visit www.lush.com.au

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