Responsible Living

10 Eco-Friendly Tips for Gift-Giving

If you plan on giving gifts, why not try to be more responsible in our celebrations by being mindful of our ecological footprint?

Here are some things that I constantly keep in mind:

  1. Avoid plastic gift cards. Plastic takes forever to breakdown. Reload old gift cards as gifts. Better yet, give cash.
  2. Avoid using wrapping paper. If it’s a must, choose paper that is made from 100% recycled material. Or, use flyers, cartoon sections of newspapers, or reusable gift bags.
  3. Choose toys that aren’t made of plastic. Choose products that have no or minimal packaging (especially plastic).
  4. Avoid dollar stores. They promote a plastic culture. Also, cheap plastics aren’t safe. Buy decorations that are reusable.
  5. Shop local. Buy from small businesses that make their own products in the city in which they are located. Be wary of popular craft shows that claim products are made locally when they are actually made in China .
  6. Use reusable cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  7. Opt for (more) vegetarian or vegan food options for your holiday dinner.
  8. Support businesses that adhere to sustainable practices and/or donate to sustainable causes. Buy organic.
  9. Why not reduce our consumption and waste by supporting a charity? They usually allow for donations in honour of someone and they send e-cards to the recipient.
  10. Don’t give paper cards. Opt for e-cards instead.