#1 Choose gifts with less packaging
#2 Turn your Journey home for Christmas into a Carbon Free Adventure
Try Local and seasonal
If you do need to head to a supermarket take a reuse container with you for deli items. Get your fruit and veg loose where you can (some supermarkets are better than others of course). Greenpeace recently published a report summarised in the info graph below.
#4 Get Creative with Wrapping
Think outside the box. These all make great alternatives:
old bits of fabric
last years reused wrapping paper
the wrap from Who Gives a Crap loo roll
#6 Gift time instead of stuff
Experiences – maybe a kayak lesson
Memberships – National Trust
Adoptions that support a charity
Subscriptions – to a magazine
Lessons – music, singing, art, fitness
Treatments – massage, yoga workshop
Tickets – comedy, music, theatre
#7 Re-Gift Unwanted Stuff
If you do have an unwanted gift it is easy enough to find a new home for it on Ebay, Freegle or Gumtree.
#8 Set an example about giving and decluttering
#9 Christmas Cards
I will be sleeping rough on Brighton Seafront on 18th December with nothing more than a roll mat, sleeping bag and small tent / bivvy. I aim to raise a minimum of £150 in order to help with their urgent winter appeal. It will very likely be cold and wet and windy but these are the conditions faced by homeless everyday. It would be great if you chose this to donate to instead of cards. Please make sure you mention Clare Talks Rubbish on the donation so I can track my target of £150. Thank you for your support!
Julian Bishop, director of Bishop Sullivan Lettings in Brighton, is organising the Big City Sleepout. “A significant number of Brighton & Hove residents are homeless or living in insecure accommodation,” he said. “This may seem unbelievable in this modern age, but sadly, it is true. It is said you are only five pay packets away from life on the streets – homelessness could happen to anyone”.
Why not join me! ? #YoungColdAlone