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Green Christmas Tips

  • ‚ÄčIf not a white Christmas - make it 'Green'.

    There are many things you can do to be a 'Sustainable Santa', so Council has put together a list of tips for this festive season:


    • Choose gifts that support eco living (such as fruit trees, herb plants, endemic plant species, bicycle, refillable pens, paper making kit, solar power gadgets, worm farm)
    • Choose products that are free from harmful chemicals and ideally certified organic
    • Choose practical gifts that are useful and serve a need (avoid landfill)
    • Choose gifts that support ethical and environmental causes
    • Give a gift voucher or membership for something your loved one is interested in
    • Check out the markets for gifts that support local artists/ community groups
    • Give a a 'time voucher' such as cook a meal or wash their car.
    • Buy toys that are repairable and durable.
    • Visit the charity shops/op shops or second hand markets for old yet inspirational gifts
    • Invest in rechargeable batteries and a recharger as it works out cheaper in the long run.
    • Donate time or money to an ethical cause on behalf of your friend
    • Give unwanted gifts to your friends or charity
    • Drought tolerant garden plants


    • Avoid PVC (polyvinylchloride), a toxic plastic used in furniture, hand bags, toys and gift packs
    • Avoid packaging, minimise what you can!
    • Reduce waste by choosing products in reusable packaging or recycled packaging ( make sure plastics are recyclable - check for the triangle symbol and number)
    • Take your own reusable bags and say no to every plastic bags offered