Have a clean and green Christmas in Geelong, Bellarine and Surfcoast this year
New research from Australian bank ING has put a number on the waste produced by Christmas, and the results are shocking. According to the research, $8.7 billion is spent on gifting during the festive season, and $512 million is spent on wrapping paper. Just how much of that is going straight into Geelong landfill?
We have come up with some useful tips so that you can enjoy Christmas on the Surf Coast and surrounding areas and feel like you are reducing your carbon Christmas footprint!
The days of sending Christmas cards, are thankfully, on the wane. It is such a huge waste and with social media and technology, you can personalise your Christmas cards on line to keep that personal touch.
When choosing your wrapping paper, opt for the type that can be recycled or better still, why not use a tote bag that can be re-used.
Buy gifts from local Geelong shops rather than online to reduce packaging. If you must buy online, consolidate it into one large order from one store.
Recycle all of your Christmas gift packaging.
If you receive a gift that really isn’t for you, for whatever reason. Why not re-gift it for a birthday next year or donate it to a Geelong charity shop instead.
Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy wonderful lifetime experiences. Think about gifting your loved ones an experience that they are passionate about. It could be buying them handicraft or art courses. Surfing lessons on the Surf Coast or an amazing dining experience in a local Geelong restaurant.
Buying vintage gifts at Geelong second hand stores or buying new ones at a local Bellarine market is always better than buying online. You are supporting the local economy and reducing the paper dump.
Set up a family Secret Santa and buy only one gift this year instead of 12!
If you do receive Christmas cards, why not cut out the pretty images and use them for gift tags for next year, don’t forget to recycle the parts of the card you don’t use.