The title of this post itself seems to be an oxymoron, as Christmas time is the most wasteful time of the year. Whether its food, presents, wrapping paper or trees, people seem to be particularily willing to throw things out while they are being merry. I decided to put together a list of presents that I could think of that would both eliminate plastic while still making people feel good this holiday season.
Why Zero Waste?
An estimated 25 million tons of waste is produced, on top of the normal amount, every season. This includes 4,500 tonnes of tinfoil and enough wrapping paper to go around the earth 9 times! Can you imagine that? 40,000km x 9 of single use, wrapping paper, just to make your gifts under the tree a bit more colourful. I have discussed my issues with plastic many a times, and if you are curious more about that just click here. As a diving instructor, seeing the amount of waste underwater has really kicked me into gear to do something. So lets start by giving the gift of a zero waste christmas!
Zero Waste Christmas Presents
For your family
I always struggle buying Gifts for my family, but I have found that they most appreciate anything that I have put in the time and effort to make.
- Personalised Photo Calendar
While this is not neccesarily Zero Waste, it is a must in many people’s homes, so why not make your own through an organization like Vistaprint . My mother has one hanging in her kitchen all year, and has photos of me printed out to be able to frame once the year is done! As they say : two birds, one stone.
- Zero Waste Beauty Australia
If you live in Australia, I would highlyyy recommend getting someone a gift from this wonderful little business. Zero Waste Beauty Australia has a whole range of beauty products that I had the wonderful opportunity to review a few months ago, check that out here. Their cinnamon sugar scrub is honestly heaven.