12 ways to a sustainable Christmas

dreaming of a green christmas

The great gift that is Christmas

Christmas is a celebration that is sometimes all too short. Most of us have a higher environmental impact than usual during this period, but it can be a great time to form lasting habits and encouraging broader change.

With a lot of people coming together, the actions that you take to have a sustainable Christmas have a good chance of being noticed by others. This effect can be increased by telling people what you are doing and why!

Here are COOLmob’s top tips from our 12 ways to a sustainable Christmas campaign:

  1. Make your own Christmas Tree
  2. Get creative with Christmas wrapping – check out these 5 ideas
  3. Re-gift something this Christmas and celebrate those gifts that can keep on giving 
  4. Go green with your Christmas lights, replace old bulbs or buy LED’s
  5. Plan for a low waste Christmas dinner
  6. Lighten your travel load and offset your love miles
  7. Earth friendly gifts  –  There are so many fun and sustainable ways to celebrate the tradition of gift giving check out this great green gift guide for inspiration.
  8. Love your local produce – Darwin has delicious and fresh local produce. Whether it’s grown in your own veggie patch or caught from your favourite fishing spot if you are stuck on what to cook for your main course this year think about using some our own local delights.
  9. Give the gift of support this year and back some of the Territories key environmental campaigns. Environment Centre NT, Environmental Defenders Office and Arid Lands Environment Centre are all courageously working to protect the environment. You donation can go a long way.
  10. Why buy new decorations make your own!  The frivolities of Christmas are lovely but they use up so much of our resources – so anything you can re-use or recycle will help to cut your carbon and your costs.
  11. Make sure your seafood is sourced sustainably. Check out the sustainable seafood guide.
  12. Share your Christmas with as many friends and family members as possible. It is much more energy efficient to cook one meal and cool one home rather than two, three or four.

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