As Christmas approaches,here are a few tips to ensure that we all make it as green as possible:
Make your leftovers into compost: While leftovers at your place could be few and far between, if you do have leftover food, turn it into compost. This will a) reduce landfill and b) be good for your garden or plants.
Recycle your wrapping paper: So the presents have all been unwrapped and met with happiness/disgust/apathy (delete as appropriate). The wrapping paper itself is forgotten about or piled into the bin. Do the right thing and recycle it or, if you can, reuse it again next year!
Turn Xmas lights off when you’re out and about or asleep: The lights are dazzling to look at, but that will not even be a possibility when the electricity they take up runs out. Turn them off when possible.
Donate unwanted toys/clothes/books to charity: Charity shops are calling out for these items and throwing them away adds to the already vast amount of landfill, as well as depriving other children of the chance to enjoy them.
Don’t overeat: Although we see Christmas as a time to overindulge, cooking too much means we use more resources than we need such as gas, water and electricity.
Put into perspective, we should obviously enjoy Christmas, but we should also be aware of how the holiday is affecting the environment. Christmas is supposed to be a time of reflection, so maybe make the time and effort to think about what you can do to ensure Christmas can still be a cause for celebration.
Healthy Planet is helping to teach school children the virtues of making Christmas more environmentally friendly with free lesson plans for teachers and parents. To find out more visit Healthy Planet’s Christmas lesson plans.
By Yasmina Jackson