Bring friends and family together for a less wasteful Christmas

Date: 29-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou

Gifts wrapped in re-usable bags, boxes, comics and brown paper (along with a borrowed tree) © Amy Nancarrow

Gifts wrapped in re-usable bags, boxes, comics and brown paper (along with a borrowed tree)

The 12 Do's of Christmas are set to once again inspire Aussies to celebrate with more joy and less waste. Here are a few ideas to help you involve your loved ones, and get more people doing good these holidays:

  • Hold a decorations crafternoon with your family or friends instead of buying them, highlighting Do#1 - Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own. Maybe even try a Christmas card tree or bunting using last year's cards, and you'll also tick off Do #11 - Recycle your Christmas cards at home, or use them for arts and crafts. By the end of next week our Facebook pages will be brimming with ideas to inspire you. 
  • Mix up your gift giving strategy this year by highlighting Do #3 with friends and family - Find out what your recipients really want, or choose an experience or charity gift. 
  • Get in touch with the Christmas cooks this year and ask if they need any help with planning and coordinating what other family members will bring, highlighting your commitment to Do #5 - Prevent food wastage - only open what you need, serve smaller portions, store and use left-overs. While you're at it, offer your services (and feed your garden) for Do #6 - Compost or worm farm your unavoidable food scraps.

For extra brownie points, post a photo of your craftiness on our Facebook page and let your friends know how you've committed to a waste wise Christmas this year on social media. 

Lastly, here's a simple e-card that you can send with your invitation. Remember to link it to the Do you're committed to, or the 12 Do's homepage.

12 Do's e-card

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