A sustainable approach to the festive season

Make a social impact this Christmas with some inspiration from our ING DIRECT Dreamstarters! Here are some top tips on staying sustainable throughout the festive season:

  1. Ditch the excess wrapping

Some gifts look just as presentable without the additional wrapping. Jams and chutneys, for example, can be tied with a ribbon and they’re ready to go – if they’re from a sustainable organisation, such as Eat Me Chutneys, then all the better!

If you want to go paper free, consider gifting e-certificates for experiences, such as those offered by Taste Cultural Tours as a novel way to broaden horizons and spend time discovering something new.

  1. Shop with a social enterprise

There are some incredible social enterprises that make fantastic products which are not only practical and look great, but also do good at the same time.

There is a huge array of gifts ideas in the sustainable space – from notebooks by Words With Heart to fashion items by The Social Outfit or ThreadHarvest.

When it comes to making your home look festive, consider purchasing fair trade decorations such as those offered by Just Earth. They’re ethically sourced, help communities thrive and look good enough to bring out year after year.

  1. Waste not, want not

We all know it’s easy to get carried away with stocking up over Christmas!  So put all the leftovers to good use by turning yesterday’s dinner into today’s lunch with the OzHarvest cookbook.

OzHarvest estimates that we waste $1,036 of food each year in Australia – that’s the equivalent of one out of every five shopping bags of groceries.

Take your sustainability initiative even further by sourcing food from a social enterprise – Thank You, the Bread & Butter Project are just a couple of producers who incorporate a sustainable element into their products.

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