Concern for the environment doesn’t have to stop over the festive season
Give loved ones a green Christmas
This year has been a watershed for public concern about climate change and rising fuel bills. Across Europe and in the traditionally more sceptical US, more than half the population accept that climate change is a serious threat, and want their governments to do more to limit carbon emissions.
In addition, the grinding years of austerity, combined with rising fuel bills mean this Christmas, a home-made or recycled gift will be joyfully received.
That doesn’t mean you have to give everyone paperweights made from stones you picked up in a field. There is a wide range of gifts out there, from virtually free to very generous that will not use up precious resources or contribute to environmental damage.
Vintage/reclaimed: Buy items from bric-a-brac shops, second-hand warehouses and garage sales to improve apparently redundant items and, with a bit of sanding, waxing and imagination, turn them into usable practical homewares. I think that’s why I call ‘upcycling’ or ‘repurposing;.
Home-made: The extra effort of Such as scarves, pictures, patchwork cushions and jam is always appreciated. And what about sloe gin, chutney, bags?
Adopt-a-tree: The money donated goes towards buying and maintaining a tree.
Renewable: Gifts from renewable sources, such as wool and wood, don’t deplete the earth’s resources.
Recycled: Make items from unwanted and old clothes, such as bags, quilts, gloves, cushion covers.
Energy savings: A fan to sit on top of a wood-burning stove; hand press expresso machine, wind up torch.
Esoteric: A gift that has no physical presence at all, such as membership of a charity; a goat for Africa, a voucher and promise to have a meal together or go to a show.
to be continued ...
Article in telegraph 9.12.13 by Sarah Lonsdale