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How to Reduce Waste This Christmas

Ah, Christmas! It’s a time for spreading cheer, spending time with family, and, unfortunately, producing more waste than any other time of year.

Cut back on the waste this festive season to enjoy the Christmas cheer without compromising Mother Nature. 

Use Solar-Powered Christmas Lights

Transform your home into a magical Christmas wonderland without chewing through electricity. Solar-powered Christmas lights are the perfect way to light up your house and give that overachieving neighbour of yours a run for their money in the Christmas lights competition. The only difference is you’re not pumping out greenhouse gas emissions or being slapped with a big power bill.

Use Cloth or Newspaper Instead of Wrapping Paper

Sure, it’s pretty, but wrapping paper and cellophane are a real pain to the environment. Wrap your gifts in old newspapers or cloth as an eco-friendly alternative. 

Re-Gift Bad Presents

That crappy unopened loofah your Aunt Margaret got you may actually come in handy this Christmas period. Re-gifting unwanted presents is a great alternative to throwing them away. It also saves you money. Just be sure not to give said loofah back to Aunt Margaret or you’ll be in strife.

Make a Donation to a Charity as a Gift

You know what everyone loves? Pandas. And koalas. And other cute endangered animals that could really use our help. Instead of just buying presents for the sake of it, make a donation to a charity or adopt an animal through the WWF to ensure your money is going to a good cause.

Give Experiences Instead of Things

Here’s a way to avoid buying dud gifts that end up in the trash, in the junk drawer, or being re-gifted back to you next year. Give your loved ones experiences instead of things. This could be a nice brunch, a trip to the cinema, or a weekend at the beach. You don’t have to wrap it and you’ll make more memories than a half-price fidget spinner ever could.

Make Room for Leftovers

Eat all the food in your freezer leading up to the big day so there’s plenty of room for those Christmas leftovers. Whether you’re stocked up with frozen fish and chips, pizzas or steaks, be sure to plan your meals accordingly to ensure you’re not lacking space for Christmas leftovers and wasting any food.

Ditch Disposable Servingware

No one likes doing the dishes, but it’s better than giving a big middle finger to the environment by using plastic plates, cups and cutlery for your Christmas lunch. Life’s too short to keep the good china at the back of the cupboard. Be kind to Mother Nature and whip out the crockery this year.

Source: National Storage

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