Friday, 4 December 2015

Giving Back at Christmas ~ Blogmas Day 4


Christmas is a time of love, kindness and sharing. But, It can also be a very wasteful time of year.

Christmas is a time for giving :)

I have a few tips to help you give back and be less wasteful over the festive season.

Save your Stamps:

Do you receive any Christmas cards through the post? Save the stamps. There are quite a few charities that collect Used and New stamps to raises pounds just by sorting and selling stamps!
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Dogs Trust and RNIB are a few of the Charities that collect them. Just cut around the stamp, try and leave 1cm edge around the stamp.
Save your stamps through out the year, tell you family and friends, the more stamps you collect the more money the charity will make.

Bring your own Bag:

When you go Christmas Shopping, whether its for Food or Gifts. Bring your own bag. Not only will you save 5p a time. You are helping the environment. There are so many 'Bags for Life' bags out there, you can even get personalised ones.



Recycle

The one thing we seem to be fighting a losing battle with is PACKAGING. WHY do we need so much? Its shocking! One of the gifts I have purchased for my Nephew is more packaging than Toy.

Over the festive period there will be more packaging and waste than what we purchase, whether that be food, drink or gifts.

So you can do your bit by recycling your waste. Your local Council website should tell you where your local recycle banks are. If you don't have your own recycle bin or bag.

Did you know some councils don't recycle plastic bottle tops? I've found out recently that LUSH recycle Plastic Bottle Tops. Just take them to your local branch. But, please let your local shop know in advance if you are going to be giving them A LOT, just so they can make space.


Gifts

Support small businesses. You are also more likely to find unique and personal gifts from them.
 
Instead of doing Secret Santa and/or getting tit for tat Xmas gifts, donate to a charity instead.

Ask yourself do I or do they Really need this? If you answer No, or you are unsure don't buy it.



If you have a clear out to make room for new Toys, take them to your local Charity shop. Same with clothes.

Food

We all over indulge and purchase way too much food this time of year. That doesn't mean it should go to waste.

Buy Local produce. Help support your local farmers. If you are lucky enough to live near a farm shop, use them. They always taste better than the supermarkets.
Or if you can only use a supermarket, try and purchase produce from your country. The less the produce has travelled, the better.

You can make, Soups, Pies and good old Bubble and Squeak with your leftovers and freeze them. Your freezer will be your best friend.

All the veggies you never got round to eat, will make great Green Smoothies.

Check out Hughs Waste Not Guide to Date Labels Best Before / Use By what's the difference So you don't throw away edible food.



For more tips check out Hughs Waste Not website #WasteNot

I hope you have found these tips helpful, All of them can be used all year round, not just for Christmas. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments below. Please share with your family and friends. We can all do our bit, every little does help :)



Donna x

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