The festive season has well and truly arrived and while 'tis the season to be jolly, all the excess of the Christmas period often means mountains of waste and further harm to our environment.
While preparing for family gatherings, Christmas parties and other excitement, its incumbent upon all of us to look for ways to enjoy all of these things while being kinder to the environment.
Consider these steps:
- Wrap and recycle. Use recyclable wrapping paper that does not contain foil, glitter or plastic. In addition, unwrap presents carefully and save the paper to be used again next year.
- Reconsider wreaths. Wreaths that include plastic accessories and glittery decorations may include non-sustainable materials. In addition, these elements may be harmful to birds and other wildlife.
- Switch to LEDs. LED Christmas lights use up to 80 per cent less energy than incandescent lights. This means more protection for the environment and more savings on your energy bill. Using solar-powered lights outdoors can further these benefits.
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