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: Prevent food wastage.
Prevent food wastage - only open what you need, serve smaller portions, store and use left-overs.
Do #6: Compost your food scraps
Compost or worm farm your unavoidable 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 has come up with 12 simple, positive actions - the 12 Do's of Christmas.
Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit.
12 Do's of Christmas Photo Competition winners
Congratulations to the 12 Do's of Christmas Photo Competition winners! We received 21 fantastic entries of all the special things our recycling fans were doing to keep their Christmas green. Check them out...
Show us your DO and be in to win!
Enter a photo of your favourite Do through our photo competition on facebook for one of two chances to win over $400 in green gift vouchers and goodies. Simply snap a photo of any of the 12 actions, submit it through the facebook entry form, and encourage your friends to vote. Planet Ark staff will also pick their overall favourite, so you have multiple chances to win!