Gift and decor ideas for Christmas: Sustainability during the festive season
Christmas is slowly descending upon us and as a festivity that is celebrated with much pomp and (at times) extravagance, there will be without a doubt — wastage. But we're not grinchin', the most wonderful time of the year can still be celebrated with anticipation and gifts. Just with the intent of sustainability — we have got a few ideas.
Pine and fir are highly sought after for their evocative Christmas scents, but they are usually only on display for a few weeks before being thrown away. Invest in a live potted tree, or for a longer lasting option, try crafting or purchasing a tree made from cardboard or wood — guaranteed to last for years. For those who still desire the all-natural evergreen scent, wreaths make a more sustainable choice.
Want to jazz it up at home? Make your Christmas tree stand out by customising your own decorations like used CDs and painted boxes or old Christmas cards. Doing so keeps the kids happy and occupied while having the entire family involved in Christmas.
It's all the rage this year — metal straws, coffee mugs, reusable grocery bags, and many more. Eco-friendly gifts are the perfect way to encourage others to adopt reusable items in their daily lives — from the young to the elderly. Delight the kids in your life with a wooden colorful pencil set or show your support for your grandparents' weekly market grocery shopping with a bamboo foldable bag.
One of the biggest sources of Christmas waste every year, conventional wrapping paper and tape are usually only for single-use. Give brown paper, newspaper, recycled paper and foil a go instead, securing your gift with string or raffia as they are made from bark which regenerates. Spruce up the aesthetics of your gift with some dried flowers or a hand-written card. Nothing says sincerity more than something made with time and effort.
As Singaporeans, we bond over food so we know the importance of celebrating this festive season with a serious feast. But often, the enthusiastic host in us have the tendency to over-order. So if you fall under that category, don't throw it out but consider donating to food banks or turning that roasted turkey into a comforting bowl of turkey porridge for a slightly healthier and lighter lunch alternative — perfect after days of Christmas feasting.