Tired of feeling guilty about wheelie bins full of wrapping paper and drawers of unwanted gifts, many people are ditching frenzied shopping for more sustainable celebrations. Here are some top tips that will help you go green this Christmas.
Try alternatives to physical presents. Instead, give people experiences, how about a Heritage Card which provides for free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year from the date of first use.
With exciting sites all along the west coast, this is the perfect gift idea for someone new to the area.
Lead photo by Chris Hill of Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands
If you can, avoid shopping online, seek out ethical or sustainable shops and Christmas markets. Markets – large or small – are a particularly good way to find local and handmade goods, meaning your money is going back into the local economy. Check out our post detailing Christmas Markets from Donegal to Clare.
Think about gifts that will make people’s everyday lives more sustainable. Perhaps a relatively inexpensive beeswax wrap, which can make a big difference in the long-term. Check out Galway based It’s a Wrap who sell beeswax wraps which are handcrafted in the West of Ireland and are a perfect sustainable gift. They are reusable, contain antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and can be composted. What’s not to love?
Why not head to your local second-hand shop or charity store to find some pre-loved gifts? You can find absolute treasures in vintage shops at great prices. Be kind to the environment and support a local charity, now that’s the festive cheer we love.