7 ideas for a sustainable summer

beach with flowering pohutakawa trees
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Here are some ideas on making this Christmas fun, easy and green.  

1. The tree

Rather than a plastic or single use tree, you could decorate a backyard tree, or a potted plant. Craft an abstract tree out of driftwood or other found material. For those with very limited space, decorate a pineapple - they look like miniature tropical trees and you can eat them when you are done. Read more on Christmas tree alternatives here.

2. Decorations

Make your own decorations for the tree and house. If you are crafty, patterns for crochet or handsewn festive ornaments and origami decorations abound. They could also make good presents to help friends and family go green too.

3. Cards and wrapping

Send a digital card instead of a paper card. WWF's Wildlife eCards are a great option. They not only save on paper and postage but support wildlife conservation. Check out some paper-free wrapping techniques online such as furoshiki. This is a traditional Japanese method of using cloth to wrap and transport gifts. It makes for beautiful, unique, and reusable packaging. 

4. Gifts 

Ever received gifts you didn't want at Christmas? When buying gifts think less but better, putting the time into picking a quality item that will last a long time. If you’re struggling for a gift idea - why not support WWF’s work by choosing a digital animal adoption. By symbolically adopting a penguin, albatross, dolphin or tiger will be safeguarding the home and safety of threatened and endangered species locally and globally. 

Adelie penguin
© Chris Johnson/ WWF-Aus

Adelie penguin

5. Food waste

People love to gather for the holidays and that always seems to involve food. Often too much of it. You can help reduce food waste over the festive season by trying not to over prepare food; instead try to prepare “just enough.” Encourage friends and family to take leftovers home. Store leftovers in the freezer to enjoy after you’ve had a break from them for a little while.

6. Eat more plants

Eating more plants (and less meat) is good for you and the planet. With lots of summer fruit and vege available, this could be the perfect time to experiment with a planet-based diet. 

7. Spend time in nature

It's well known that spending time in nature can assist in stress reduction and anxiety relief. This summer, when heading to the beach, the bush or just hanging out in the garden, take a moment to slow down, connect with the present moment and simply be in nature. You'll feel better for it.

Looking from Kapiti Island to mainland

Happy Holidays!