Greener Christmas – buy wisely

If you are going to spend money on gifts, take it as an opportunity to introduce some sustainable thinking into other people’s lives. Buy well sourced, eco friendly things that don’t cause harm through their lives. This is a great time to get someone some palm-oil free hard shampoo in cardboard packaging, or a fruit tree for the garden, for example.

Buy fair trade and organic. Buy palm-oil free. Buy things that are made from re-cycled and upcycled materials. Buy from charities supporting the environment. Buy local things, with fewer miles of transport in their history.

Get the Woodland Trust to plant a tree in someone’s name. Details here – https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/christmas

Buy from independent retailers, craftspeople, local artisans, and creators. Support your local community and the people who live and work in it, rather than sending money to the shareholders of some massive company. Pay what something is worth, rather than seeing how many knock down items you can get that were mass produced and whose environmental cost is never factored in.

How we spend our money is one of the ways in which we have real power, should we chose to use it.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

4 responses to “Greener Christmas – buy wisely

  • Brendan Birth

    A friend made me aware of how normal gift wrapping paper is not really recyclable. The bad news was that I didn’t know that until after I wrapped my gifts. 🙁 But hopefully I can remember for the future so that I can be more sustainable about my gift habits! I guess that’s one example of a friend trying to introduce sustainable living into my life!

  • Anima Monday

    Great ideas! This year I tried making things instead. I crocheted a comforter for my son and for my love I made a Yule box: hand written song lyrics for air, a beeswax candle for fire, some mead for water, bath salts for earth. In the centre I put a jar of elderberry flower jelly because that is his birth tree. This was way more fun than going shopping!

  • Lumi Kløvstad

    I like to buy family used books and movies for gifts — no extra resources demanded for that!

    Also, BOOKS! ALWAYS GOOD!

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