5 Ways to have an Ethical Christmas

Whether it’s gifting to friends and family who have supported you, or self-gifting because you made it through a challenging year, nature should be at the heart of everything we do. And during the festive season, it’s small changes that can make all the difference in reducing our environmental footprint. To help be in harmony and balance with nature, we’ve put together ways to have a more ethical Christmas:

 

Wilma, Jurlique Family Member

 

Rent, reuse, or repurpose a tree

Whether you already own an artificial tree or are searching for a pre-loved one, there are many ways to make your living room bask in the Christmas glow. Consider decorating a house plant, renting a live potted tree or even making an installation out of garden clippings.

Creative Decorations

Baking gingerbread shapes, painting plain wooden baubles or making handmade felt decorations, it’s not all about the tree. Nature offers such beauty in dried pinecones, dried fruit pieces, herbs and flowers to decorate the home and adorn our front door.

Wrap differently

Metallic wrapping and ribbon are bound for landfill so give gifts with recycled paper or fabric. Tie fabric in knots in the manner of the Japanese art of Furoshiki or sew it into reusable gift bags. Use fair trade twine in place of ribbon and use dried herbs such as rosemary and lavender as adornments with recycled card as gift tags.

Give consciously

It is our intention that really matters so this season consider a gift that gives back. Reach out to others and give the gift of your time and support, whether that’s volunteering or simply clearing your busy schedule for others. Gift an experience or membership, support charitable projects and social enterprises or make a handmade gift - cooking to crafting - that’s from the heart.

Entertain ethically

Tis the season for celebrating with others but an important reminder to reduce food waste, recycle and make the most of leftovers. When hosting, ensure there are clear recycling guides for guests, use biodegradable cutlery if you must or look to rent extra glasses. Consider going meat-free, make your own Christmas crackers and ask guests to choose greener transport options.

So in a nutshell, remember to put sustainability at the heart of celebrations this season with an ethical Christmas in balance and harmony with nature.

 

*Certified biodynamic by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia. Jurlique’s products and farm are not certified by or affiliated with Demeter® USA or Demeter International.