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CEA’s Top Tips for Christmas: Choosing Planet-friendly Gifts

For many, Christmas is the time of giving and sharing, but have you considered the gifts you are getting and how sustainable they are? Here is some top tips for choosing your Christmas gifts this year that will be enjoyed by all, including our planet;

  • Look for locally made gifts. With many gifts available today coming from across the world, why not consider something local? Many local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come with no added transportation costs, and in turn little or no greenhouse emissions. You’ll be supporting your local businesses as well!
  • Choose gifts made from recycled sources. There is an array of businesses who now supply products made from recycled and sustainable materials. From bamboo toothbrushes, to wooden childrens’ toys, and 100% cotton made clothing – a more planet-friendly alternative will be out there! More often than not, these products will last longer and be of higher quality than their (often) plastic counterpart.
  • Everyone loves useful, practical gifts. It may sound like common sense, but making sure your gift has a practical use, will mean the recipient will actually use it! Presents like tools and food are always helpful. You could even consider gifting seedlings or native plants – especially for those green thumbs in our family. Rosemary and basil are easy growing plants, if you start some seedlings now, they will be ready by Christmas to gift! You may even consider a service, experience, or a donation to a local charity on another person’s behalf.

About Community Energy Action

Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust committed to helping make warm, dry, energy efficient homes throughout Canterbury. Their services include insulation (subsidies available), heating, free, recycled curtains, free independent energy advice, and affordable energy efficiency tools. For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.

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