Taking the conscious step to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle reaps huge benefits not only for you, but for future generations as well.
22 April is Earth Day and we all have to do our bit for the environment. What many don’t realise is that there are small ways you can incorporate eco-conscious practices in your life that will make the biggest difference. A creative way you can do so is through your gift giving.
Below are gift ideas that will bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces while doing little to no harm to the environment.
Choose gifts made from renewable or recycled materials
Make sure the gift itself is fully recyclable and is made from renewable or recycled sources such as notebooks from recycled paper or items made from bamboo.
Don’t over-package – rather use re-usable packaging
Conventional wrapping paper contributes to dubious amounts of global waste. Furthermore, the amount of (fossil-fuel generated) energy and transport involved in producing gift-wrapping paper, not to mention the fact that paper is made from trees, makes it a total waste of valuable resources. The trick is in finding creative wrapping paper alternatives. Package gifts in re-usable shopper bags, bandanas or even a scarf, towels, blankets and baskets. Old newspaper, maps or art projects can be decorated and used for gift wrapping.
Give practical gifts for daily use and with lasting value
Gift your loved ones with things that they will use repeatedly instead of gifts that will be chucked into the bin after one use. Gifts such glass or metal water bottles, clothing items, mugs and quality pens and umbrellas, make for the perfect re-usable gift.
Give gifts that help the receiver to reduce their impact on the environment
Choosing gifts that encourage your loved ones to live a greener lifestyle make for the greatest gifts! The more people engage in eco-friendly practices, the better. Shop for gifts like solar-charged power-banks, and solar-powered lamps and torches.
Being environmentally conscious is not as hard as people make it out to be. You can incorporate it into the smallest activities and still make a significant change.
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