For most families, there will be a lot of waste at this time of year. I was interested in finding out more and I stumbled across these statistics. It’s alarming!
1. 227,000 MILES OF WRAPPING PAPER IS USED EACH YEAR IN THE UK ALONE
2. ONLY 1% OF CONSUMER GOODS ARE STILL IN USE 6 MONTHS LATER
3. ONE BILLION CHRISTMAS CARDS END UP IN THE BIN EACH YEAR
4. THE AMOUNT OF WRAPPING PAPER USED TO WRAP CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IS ENOUGH TO GO AROUND THE GLOBE NINE TIMES!
5. THE EQUIVALENT OF 2 MILLION TURKEYS END UP IN THE BIN EACH YEAR
6. 500 TONNES OF FAIRY LIGHTS ARE THROWN AWAY EACH YEAR
7. FIVE MILLION CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS HIT THE BIN EACH YEAR
8. ONE IN TEN UNWANTED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS ENDS UP IN LANDFILL
9. WHEN CHILDREN HAVE SO MANY PRESENTS THEY ACTUALLY STOP ENJOYING PLAYING WITH THEM
10. WE WASTE AROUND 250,000 TONNES OF FOOD EACH CHRISTMAS
11. 81 MILLION UNWANTED PRESENTS ARE RECEIVED EACH YEAR
12. THE UK GENERATES THE WEIGHT OF 3.3 MILLION EMPEROR PENGUINS IN PLASTIC WASTE EACH CHRISTMAS
So what can you do to be more mindful this Christmas and reduce the impact on our precious environment? Here are a few of my suggestions
You can ……
buy delicious consumable local produce
up-cycle something you already own
buy ‘preloved’ items from ‘nearly new’ and charity shops close to you
give experiences – Theatre tickets, Spa treatments, Escape rooms, Workshops, Admission to an Art gallery or Museum, Restaurant, Ghost trail, Paragliding, a Rock climbing lesson, Cookery workshop, Foraging experience.
purchase membership to the National Trust, Netflix or a Gym,
subscription to a magazine
make something – knit, crochet, sew, draw, paint, write a poem, make truffles, frame a photo, make a scrap book
offer your time – to tidy a garden, declutter, help with technology
buy from a BCorp (like Arbonne and give the gift of health too) take peak at what’s available
If you have teachers to buy for or you’re looking to fill some stockings, here’s a few ideas.
Remove anything you don’t want from the cart, and at the checkout (next to Promo Code) add ARBONNE10 and apply, to get 10% off. (All products have a 90 day money back guarantee).
If you would like to know more or need some help, please reach out and message me.