While the holiday season brings joy and happiness, it also brings enormous physical and financial waste. This jolly article provides six tips for a sustainable Christmas to help both the environment and your hip pocket.
Just as the Grinch stole Christmas, excess spending can rob us all of festive season happiness. Seasonal credit card splurges can create ballooning long term debt, while unnecessary consumption inevitably leads to a blow-out in rubbish bin waste.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia estimates $11 billion is spent on presents each year, including some 20 million unwanted gifts. At the same time, seasonal celebrations boost landfill rubbish by a massive 30 per cent.
So, if you want to max out the ho, ho, ho in Christmas this year, think of applying more whoa, whoa, whoa to your spending and consumption ideas. Here are six simple tips Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud of.
It’s estimated that ninety per cent of Australians discard some 25 per cent of all the food they buy during December – that’s food that has been needlessly produced only to end up in Australia’s landfills.
As young Kevin found in Home Alone, what really matters is remembering how blessed we are to be enjoying the festive season in whatever way we can and being with the people we care about most.
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