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.
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.
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.