Friday, 20 December 2013
Sharing the 12R's of Christmas
The Squamish Climate Action Network has shared their 12 R's of Christmas with us.
Is there a better way to celebrate Christmas that does not damage the environment?
Gifts don’t have to be shiny and new. They can be things you pass along to another. Used gifts are the kindest of all to the environment, as no energy or resources are expended.
Is this gift made of recycled products, and is the gift made from materials that are easy to recycle?
Is the gift easy to repair? This will extend its life. Or as a gift, repair something for someone who has a broken object that needs to be fixed.
Reduce fuel consumption - shop locally. Look for items with less packaging.
Buy refillable soaps, mugs, and containers.
Refuse corporate materialism. Refuse to buy things that come in excess packaging. Do not purchase things that are not the best option for the environment.
Remember others in the community.Give a gift that helps others in our town; gift certificates to Helping Hands, SPCA and many other caring organizations.
Give less stuff and more memories. Enjoy recreational time with your loved ones. Tickets to sports events, a cooking lesson or a massage are excellent alternatives to packaged gifts.
Remember to compost organic waste at home or bring to Carney’s.
Rejoice in this beautiful earth, and do our part to foster a sustainable planet!