Do #1: Quality reusable decorations
Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own from recycled materials.
Do #2: Recycling options at Christmas Party
Check that your work Christmas party organiser sets up well-signed recycling options for the event.
Do #3: Low impact gifts
Give low impact gifts such as experiences, or practical, durable items that meet a need.
Do #4: Use paper wrapping and recycle it.
Use paper wrapping (rather than foil or plastic) and reuse or recycle it afterwards.For extra Points, choose recycled content paper.
Do #5: Have an Appy Christmas
Download the new free RecycleSmart App for all your household recycling needs.
Do #6: Prevent Food Waste
Prevent Food Waste - Plan ahead and serve smaller portions. Compost or worm farm your food scraps.
Do #7: Sort and recycle your cans, cartons and packaging
Sort and recycle all your aluminium cans, juice cartons, bottles and other packaging.
Flatten cans, drink cartons and boxes to save space
Do #8: Flatten aluminium cans, drink cartons and boxes to save space in your recycling bin, then store any excess until your next collection or drop it in at a recycling facility.
Do #9: Recycle your replaced electronics
Recycle old mobiles phones, TVs, computers or printer cartridges the get replaced.
Do #10: Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts
Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts
Do #11: Get your car serviced
Ensure your car runs efficiently by inflating the tyres, and tuning the engine, and recycle your car oil, tyres and batteries.
Do #12: Recycle your live Christmas tree
See if your council has a special mulching service for live Christmas trees or take it to the garden section of your local recycling facility.
At Christmas Australians buy more, travel more and eat more than at any other time of the year. To help reduce the environmental and financial impact of these festive activities, Planet Ark offers 12 simple, positive actions - the 12 Do's of Christmas.
Plus don't forget to use Planet Ark's free RecycleSmart App! It's Australia's most comprehensive, easy-to-use recycling app that answers all those tricky recycling questions.
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How To Eco-Wrap a Present
Remember how your Grandma would save string, ribbon, paper and bows? Well she had the right idea as re-using and recycling paper is one way to eco-wrap a gift. Check out our other tips to make our natural resources and your budget last longer with Do # 4 of the 12 Do's of Christmas!
The Gift of an Experience
Christmas gifts don't need to cost the earth. In fact, they can help spread appreciation of its beauty. Whether it's an underwater or above land experience, donating babysitting time or cooking, we've got plenty of thoughtful, green gift suggestions with Do #3 of the 12 Do's of Christmas.