Well, I have given you a guide on how to buy sustainable Christmas presents – now here is my list of what I am hoping to buy (or in some cases – have already bought!). Hopefully it will give you some good ideas as well…
Oxfam Unwrapped Donation
By Oxfam, As much as you want to give
Fairtrade – Supports Organic and Sustainable Living
Oxfam Unwrapped Cards are a quirky and funny gift for the person that has everything! With slogans like “You know how you said you always wanted a bucket hygiene kit?” you can chose a cause to donate to and you get to give your loved one the card as a memento. You can buy supplies for a town in a developing country, help fund the construction of a well or donate towards innoculations for deadly but preventable diseases.
Here are some examples of what you can get buy – Continue reading
It boggles my mind how creative some people are! After attempting my own little ornament (instructions to make your own Paisley Snowfake here) I went googling. The results made me feel unbelievably inadequate in the craft department but also supremely proud of how resourceful people are becoming in wake of the environmental crisis we are all facing. Here are my favourtie five DIY ornaments that I found in my travels…
Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament, by Stephanie Lynn
It has been so exciting this year to peruse the interwebs and see so many fabulous creative minds making earth-friendly ornaments. I have seen some great ones made out of natural organic materials (hemp, felt) and the even better option – people using supplies that had otherwise been condemned to the bin (old magazines, newspapers, worn down office supplies). Considering I had a fairly lazy Sunday planned, I decided to try make my own.
My first little Paisley Snowflake!
How thoughtful are Christmas gifts really?
Well, D-day is here! Today is the first day of December which means, Christmas is coming. Ah, Christmas! That magical time where we are encouraged to be frivolous with cash, credit cards and environmental consideration. Wait? No? That’s not right? Last I checked Christmas was about spending quality time with your family but a whole heap of department stores have me convinced that I am wrong. It is not about spending time at all, it is about spending money – and lots of it! On crap that wastes natural resources, is unfairly produced and is wrapped in a whole heap of packaging!
But it doesn’t have to be this way… Continue reading