When it comes down to it, I’m not sure how possible this is, but I know there are some things we can do to help.
Christmas would have to be one of the worse times of the year for consumerism. We all want to buy gifts for everyone, whether they need them or not. It is, after all, a season for giving to others.
I have always been a fairly practical person and even more so when I buy gifts. I like to get things that people need and can use. I’m not a person for ornaments or anything like that.
I have to tell you about my mother-in-law. She used to travel and would always bring back gifts for everyone. Doesn’t everyone do that? Anyway, she always said Dave and I were really hard to buy for, so she would bring back ornaments for us. Dust collectors really. To me, they sit on shelves and have no real purpose. In the end, we told her we would rather get nothing. We had no trouble not getting gifts from her travels.
Okay, let’s get back to the point.
So, I buy everyone practical gifts. Stuff they need. However, it also leaves a big problem. Wrapping them.
I hate all the wrapping paper. It is such a waste of paper. I know it can be recycled, but it still has to be made, always comes wrapped in plastic, and no matter how careful you are you never really use it again.
A couple of years ago I made a rule, no wrapping paper. Presents were hidden until it was time to gift them. It was fun to see how everyone did the presents when not being allowed to wrap them in paper first.
Last year I still had paper left, so I used it. I swore I would never buy wrapping paper again and I haven’t.
This year I have purchased everything online. I did the same last year. One of the advantages of doing that is that everything comes in boxes or bags. I haven’t unpacked anything, so I am hoping it is all that I ordered. I think it is.
Last year we discussed what to do with no wrapping paper and we came up with an idea.
Wrapping our Gifts
We were thinking why not use something that we can reuse. Like Christmas fabric. Or tea towels.
I have ordered 24 Christmas-themed tea towels for wrapping small gifts. I have also ordered 2 metres of 6 different Christmas fabrics for the larger gifts. My mum will be coming and she is going to bring her overlocker so we can hem the fabric so they can be washed after Christmas. They can then be put away for next year. Hopefully, they can last for years.
This will be one way for us to cut down on the waste of Christmas. We can’t tear the paper off the presents, but we can feel good knowing that we aren’t wasting all that paper for a gift.
Do you do anything to help the environment at Christmas?