How to be sustainable and make memories this Christmas

08 December 2017

Woman leading goats

Let’s face it, a lot of us have a lot of ‘stuff’ we don’t need.

The good news is that we can make Christmas even better, help the planet and other people, and make memories that will really last.

Here are some ideas ranging from inexpensive but useful, to life-saving, extravagant and fun that will make this Christmas one to remember.

  • Make something. People really appreciate a home-made jam, cake or Christmas pudding.
  • The ABC’s War on Waste programs have put a focus on reducing use of paper cups. Funky reusable take-away cups cost just a few dollars and are readily available.
  • Give a goat. Aid agencies like Oxfam, Care and World Vision have many programs allowing you to buy goats, chickens or support clean-water projects. Closer to home, charities like the Smith Family have online shops which support Australian programs too.
  • Compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bins are a great way to slash the amount of material that goes to landfill. Many councils sell them at discount prices. More information on composting can be found on our website.
  • Antique or retro shops and markets are great places to find something unusual, often at very good prices. An old book from someone’s childhood is a great way to share memories.
  • Support an institution by becoming a member of Zoos Victoria, Museums Victoria, or the National Gallery of Victoria and get a wide range of benefits.
  • An ‘experience’ like luxuriating time in a day spa, tickets for a show, glider or Tiger Moth flight, dolphin-watching cruise on Port Phillip or Phillip Island Nature Park’s tours and behind-the-scenes activities are memories-in-the-making. Contact operators directly or use websites like Red Balloon for options.
  • Get crafty with green wrapping. If you have small children, get them to help make wrapping paper from used printing paper, old magazines or calendars. Recycled paper is available in shops or use what you’ve saved from past years.

Pic: Abbie Trayler-Smith / OxfamAUS