Want to celebrate Christmas and stay green? The Total Environment Centre has released tips for Christmas and New Year ideas to maintain a healthy impact on the environment.
The centre’s director Jeff Angel says the tips can help people keep doing things to help the environment well after Christmas is over.
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“What most people don’t realise is that a few small changes during the festive season can really make a difference, particularly with the increases in energy, carbon emissions and consumption that are a result of the Christmas and new year period.”
The tips include:
- Using a native Christmas tree that you can use next Christmas or plant in your garden, as plastic trees often use toxic PCV.
- Use reusable shopping bags.
- Save power by turning off electronic appliances and enjoy time outside.
- Use recyclable materials to create your own Christmas cards.
- Switch off the Christmas lights before you go to bed, and better yet, make them solar powered!
- Buy second-hand and vintage gifts by searching through local stores.
- Giving a rainwater tank as a gift to friends who may own a garden.