or insisting they be homemade, will help shrink your festive carbon footprint, but it
can feel a bit dismal – especially if you're celebrating with kids.
Keep the pleasure
of giving alive with these environmentally conscious gift ideas:
lamps and strings of lights add a lovely gentle Christmassy glow, and will continue converting free energy into illumination on any sunny day of the year. The example shown here is the solar jar from Consol Glass.
- A living indigenous
tree – it can stand in for a Christmas tree if you add a few handmade
ornaments, and it doesn't get turfed out or packed away afterwards.
- A Wild Card:
the very reasonable membership fee gives you free entry to our national parks
for a year, and is an important way to support them. It's also a way of giving that doesn't involve material "things".
- A seeded notebook or card.
Store-bought wrapping paper and cards really should be phased out - unless they’re
made from recycled paper. Or, if you want to go one better, seeded recycled
paper: once you’re finished with it, you plant it, water it, and wait for it to
burst into bloom.
Got a good green tip to share? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the EnviroHealth Forum – if it's a planet-saver, we'll publish it.