Home for the holidays? Embrace a cleaner Christmas with ENJO with waste-reducing tips and sustainable gift ideas for those seeking a low-impact lifestyle
There is one thing for certain this year, festive gatherings will be smaller and most of us will be celebrating at home.
As lucky as we have been in Australia, it is likely that most of us will be celebrating Christmas slightly differently this year.
While we all want to create that holiday-season magic, while we’re all doing things slightly differently, why not embrace a cleaner Christmas in the process?
The most wonderful wasteful time of the year
Living more sustainably isn’t a new topic, but it’s a hot topic.
There’s a growing focus on shifting how we live from a linear economy to a circular one, as we use up finite resources and generate waste at an alarming rate.
It’s often the little things we don’t think about that collectively cause a problem, and during the holidays, these little things are only amplified.
For example, during the holidays Australian’s will spend millions of dollars on unwanted Christmas gifts that become waste.
We spend more and waste more on food, $554 million dollars more with approximately 5 million tonnes heading to the landfill.
The good news?
These little things we do are easy to change.
What does a cleaner Christmas mean to ENJO?
Christmas is the perfect time to embrace change, especially since it’s the time of year when we’re spending on our nearest and dearest.
Now is the time to invest in sustainable gifts that keep on giving.
The kinds of sustainable swaps everyone thinks about making throughout the year but delay owing to the initial financial outlay.
Nothing beats a truly thoughtful, useful gift, especially when it makes a positive impact on your life and the planet.
A cleaner Christmas isn’t about taking the fun out of the festivities, it’s about making the whole experience even more special with a little extra thought along the way.
6 tips for a cleaner Christmas
A clean and stress-free Christmas starts here.
Here are 6 simple tips to get your cleaner Christmas started.
1. Ditch the gift wrap
One of the biggest waste creators over the holidays is wrapping paper.
Obviously, gift wrap serves a purpose, but as many types of wrapping paper can’t be recycled, get creative and wrap your gifts with purpose.
Get creative with waste-free wrap ideas.
2. Choose planet-friendly decorations
There’s so much choice when it comes to decorations, just think of all the shops stacked full of new decorations every year – and they all end up somewhere.
Avoiding decorations you don’t need and looking after the decorations you have is a great way to minimise festive waste.
Get creative and update old decorations or make new ones.
Some of the best looking decorations come from nature itself, try making a dried orange garland or using foliage to decorate your home.
Donate decorations in good condition that you no longer want or need and dispose of any decorations that have well and truly had it responsibly.
3. Plan for festive leftovers
No one wants to run out of food or have nothing to offer guests during the holidays, so it’s understandable that we tend to go overboard when it comes to food.
Make a meal plan to minimise waste as much as you can, but more importantly, be ready for festive leftovers.
Create space in the freezer and have your reusable food storage at the ready.
Beeswax wraps are a great, plastic-free way to store leftovers in your fridge.
Even recipe scraps can be turned into something delicious with a little a little imagination and a few eggs.
If you don’t already, consider composting those food scraps you can’t save.
4. Shop local + low packaging gifts
Supporting your local economy is important all year round, and especially so at Christmas.
Look to shop locally to reduce the carbon footprint of your purchase and to support local business owners.
Avoid brands and products heavily packaged in unnecessary materials.
5. Be ready for recycling
For unavoidable waste be ready to recycle.
Create more consciousness around recycling by labelling your recycling storage for the whole family.
Monitor where you’re finding waste you can’t recycle and investigate waste-free alternatives.
6. Embrace a cleaner way to clean
More time at home means more cleaning at home.
Looking for sustainable gift ideas your friends + family will appreciate?
This holiday season we’ve hand-selected our earth-friendly cleaning favourites as gift ideas for loved ones seeking a low-impact lifestyle.
Choose from sustainable stocking stuffers to must-have zero waste Bundles and embrace a cleaner Christmas and years ahead.