Giving


  • Keep it local. Take a look around the markets, Christmas fairs and even Facebook for some great locally made ideas. Or have a look in your local op-shop, you might just find some treasures.
  • Get crafty. Google some handmade gift ideas (Pinterest is full of them) and get creative with your gifts.
  • Do a Secret Santa. If you have a big family Christmas planned, why not do Secret Santa and buy one good quality present for one person, rather than feeling like you have to buy something for everyone.

Giving

  • Keep it local. Take a look around the markets, Christmas fairs and even Facebook for some great locally made ideas. Or have a look in your local op-shop, you might just find some treasures.
  • Get crafty. Google some handmade gift ideas (Pinterest is full of them) and get creative with your gifts.
  • Do a Secret Santa. If you have a big family Christmas planned, why not do Secret Santa and buy one good quality present for one person, rather than feeling like you have to buy something for everyone.

Eating


  • Eat seasonal. Challenge yourself to source all your Christmas food locally and seasonally – fresh is best.
  • Plan your meals. Make a menu for Christmas, and a shopping list from that. It’s an easy way to save money, reduce wasted food, and have fun along the way.
  • Find inspiration for those leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste has plenty of ideas with great recipes, and reduce the amount of good food that ends up in the landfill.

Eating

  • Eat seasonal. Challenge yourself to source all your Christmas food locally and seasonally – fresh is best.
  • Plan your meals. Make a menu for Christmas, and a shopping list from that. It’s an easy way to save money, reduce wasted food, and have fun along the way.
  • Find inspiration for those leftovers. Love Food Hate Waste has plenty of ideas with great recipes, and reduce the amount of good food that ends up in the landfill.

Talking


  • Spark a conversation. Don’t know what to talk about with family you only see once a year? Try these, and raise awareness about climate change and what you’re doing to Live Lightly while you’re at it!
  • Host a movie. Got friends coming around for Christmas? Why not watch something thought provoking and uplifting to start the new year “that waste cooking movie” and “a movie called tomorrow” are both great places to start.
  • Follow Live Lightly on Facebook for more ideas, interesting facts and articles. 

Talking

  • Spark a conversation. Don’t know what to talk about with family you only see once a year? Try these, and raise awareness about climate change and what you’re doing to Live Lightly while you’re at it!
  • Host a movie. Got friends coming around for Christmas? Why not watch something thought provoking and uplifting to start the new year “that waste cooking movie” and “a movie called tomorrow” are both great places to start.
  • Follow Live Lightly on Facebook for more ideas, interesting facts and articles. 

Trees


Tree-cycling - reusable or real, choose carefully

  • Reusable every Christmas. How many uses will your artificial tree get? Can you get a quality secondhand one? Reusable Christmas trees cannot go in your recycling bin once you’re done with them so be sure to take them  to a local recycling centre or op shop if you’ve finished with it so it can have a new life with a different family next Christmas.
  • Love your real tree. Growing a real Christmas tree is good for the planet, but it's up to you to look after it once it's been chopped down. This includes the end of it's life – always ask your tree seller if they will take your tree after the festive season. If you have a private garden bag or bin collection, check if they accept Christmas trees. 

Trees

Tree-cycling - reusable or real, choose carefully

  • Reusable every Christmas. How many uses will your artificial tree get? Can you get a quality secondhand one? Reusable Christmas trees cannot go in your recycling bin once you’re done with them so be sure to take them  to a local recycling centre or op shop if you’ve finished with it so it can have a new life with a different family next Christmas.
  • Love your real tree. Growing a real Christmas tree is good for the planet, but it's up to you to look after it once it's been chopped down. This includes the end of it's life – always ask your tree seller if they will take your tree after the festive season. If you have a private garden bag or bin collection, check if they accept Christmas trees.