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Do #1: Quality reusable decorations

Do #1: Buy reusable decorations or make your own from recycled materials.

Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own from recycled materials.

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Do #2: Recycling options at Christmas Party

Do #2: Recycling options at your Christmas party.

Check that your work Christmas party organiser sets up well-signed recycling options for the event.

Do #3: Low impact gifts

Do #3: Give low impact gifts such as experiences, or practical, durable items.

Give low impact gifts such as experiences, or practical, durable items that meet a need.

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Do #4: Use paper wrapping and recycle it.

Do #4: Use paper wrapping (rather than foil or plastic) and reuse or recycle it afterwards.

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.

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

Do #6: Compost your food scraps.

Compost or worm farm your unavoidable food scraps.

Do #7: Sort and recycle your cans, cartons and packaging

Do #7: Sort and recycle your cans, cartons, bottles 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 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

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

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

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

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 DOs of Christmas.

Join Planet Ark, workplaces, councils and individuals across the country and make a commitment to do your bit for 2014.

Merry Christmas!

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