A guide to having a more sustainable Christmas and holiday season
A Merry Greener Christmas Guide
At this time of year we come together, enjoy family and friends and celebrate the holiday season in our own special way.
But one thing that is common, no matter how we choose to celebrate, is that Christmas is a time for MORE - for eating more, travelling more, drinking more and buying more than at any other time of the year.
This also means that the Christmas period has a high impact on the environment, and it highlights the economic inequality across the global community. However, there are many ways that we can celebrate the ‘silly season’ without making unsustainable choices.
In the downloadable guide below you’ll find information on re-using, reducing and recycling, giving ‘green’ or ethical gifts, reducing your environmental impact, making your own and thinking of others.
We’ve also popped in a few great websites to help you on your sustainability journey.
Quite a few of these wonderful gifts and tips have been contributed by the Sustainability Team at the City of Canning and are based on great things they do each year to reduce their own environmental and social impact at Christmas time. Thanks team!
Of course - we ask you not to print this guide, but to download it (by clicking on the below image) for your reading pleasure. If you must print it - make sure you reuse it every year or recycle it with care!
eCard Gift Donations
The City of Canning has partnered with the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund
(CNCF) to support staff to help grow a beautiful future by offsetting personal vehicle or household greenhouse gas emissions with the City’s #carbonoff Program.
For further information please visit our Carbon Reduction and Energy Transformation
CNCF also offer eCard Gift Donations
whereby you can give the gift of trees to be planted in your recipient's honour.
The City of Canning has partnered with six charities or organisations to support staff to regularly donate to as a way to give back to the community.
These charities for the 2019/20 financial year:
- Wirrpanda Foundation - aiming to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
- Dogs' Refuge Home - helping to rescue and re-home unwanted and neglected dogs
- Camp Quality Australia - helps change the cancer story for kids and their families: in hospital, at home, at school, and away from it all
- Senses Australia - providing disability support services to people of all ages throughout Western Australia
- St. Bartholomew's House - assisting the homeless of today to rebuild their lives, and act to prevent the homelessness of tomorrow
- Zonta House Refuge Association - supporting women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence
Join us in giving back by supporting one of these charities this holiday season!