Reduce your Christmas Waste

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Employ some of these simple tips and tricks to help reduce the rubbish build up over the festive season:

  1. BYOB –  not beer but bags! Take your own bags when Christmas shopping. This not only minimises single-use plastic bag but your own bags will hide the contents and the store of purchase from any curious little eyes that may be around, especially those that like to know what Santa might be bringing them
  2. Give Living Gifts We don’t mean giving someone a puppy. Skip the wrapping altogether by giving (and asking for) the gift of experiences or contributions to your favourite charity, rather than more stuff.
  3. Buy rechargeable batteries If any electronic gifts need batteries, why not add an extra gift of rechargeable ones? (Your old batteries can also be recycled at the BBG Office)
  4. Reuse Christmas Wrapping Paper or get creative and use hand-decorated paper, pieces of material, baskets, reusable gift bags or retro jars and biscuit tins.
  5. Be kind to your Christmas decorations and they can last for years, saving you future money and waste.
  6. Get Festive Food savy There are an amazing amount of ideas available on using festive left-overs. From turkey burgers to resurrection pie – just label all your food clearly with dates and you’ll be able to keep track of what needs eating up. Compost what you can’t eat.
  7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The mantra never gets old. Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled and squash bottles and cans to make more room in your recycling bins or bags.
  8. Swap cards for a call Make a phone call or send an e-card, its a great way to reconnect without the extra paper, postage or paper cuts.
  9. Wash the Dishes It can be tempting to opt for disposable plates and cutlery to save time on cleaning up. But for the environment’s sake, use crockery and get everyone to pitch in with the washing up instead. Sometimes the worst jokes and best conversations are had around the sink.

Merry Christmas to you!


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