From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, this weekend was heavily based on consumerism. It was fuelled by competitive sales and the impending doom of the holiday shopping rush.
So how can you go about your holiday gifting while being green?
We have your Holiday Guide to Green Gifting right here! Full of tips and tricks to reduce your environmental impact this holiday season.
Where to Buy.
It is always best to shop locally, all year round. This does not mean going to your 'local' mall for gifts, it means supporting locally sourced, made, and sold products. Shopping locally will open your eyes to the incredible makers we have in Winnipeg, from macrame plant hangings to gorgeous pottery, all made in this amazing city.
Some of my favourite spots to shop would be:
What to Buy/Make.
One of the biggest problems with presents, especially toys, is the amount of packaging they come in. Once everything is unwrapped and the packaging is finally off, you are left with a big pile of trash. Try finding toys with recyclable packaging, reusable packaging, or no packaging at all. This can be achieved through buying second hand or from local makers.
Another issue is the break and buy cycle. This happens when you purchase cheap items that will soon after break and it will be more cost effective to purchase another rather than fixing it. To avoid this, make purchases of quality products that will last the test of time. It may be more expensive, but it will be more worth it for the person, as well as the planet.
You must also consider what the person will use. If you buy them something you know they probably won't use or touch, it may not be worth it. Consider getting them something of necessity to ensure it will be used for years to come. Another approach is to replace something they already use with a green alternative, such as reusable food containers, travel mugs, or washable snack bags.
The other option is of course to make it yourself.
DIY holiday gift ideas include:
How To Wrap it
Wrapped presents typically result in a pile of ripped apart paper, ribbons, and bows covering the floor. Where does it end up? The garbage. Using Holiday bags as opposed to gift wrap is a good way to re-use packaging every season, but there are other ways to ensure your gifts are being given in recyclable and reusable materials.
In the season of giving, give to those less fortunate, give back to the community, and give to the earth that gives so much to you.
This Tuesday is #GivingTuesdayCa, so donate your time, your skills, or your money to the causes you care about.
Hi, I'm Nicole. I work as a sustainable transportation project coordinator at a local environmental non-profit. I am keen on photography, cycling, eating delicious food, tending to my plants, and helping the environment.