A free eco-friendly advent calendar

I received a link to a free eco-friendly advent calendar full of ideas for how to make your festive season a greener one, so obviously I had to share…

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa wants to encourage consumers to reduce the amount of waste usually associated with the holidays and have a fun interactive way we can all get involved.

The WWF mantra is to “refuse, reduce and reuse” and then “recycle”. This includes asking yourself whether you really need what you’re about to buy, taking your own reusable bags along with you to the supermarket, cutting down on packaging, and choosing reusable, durable goods over single-use items. Once you’ve followed all these steps, we also want you to recycle as much as possible.” Says Eitan Prince, Digital Communications Manager with WWF-SA.

How to reduce waste this festive season

They have come up with this fun, interactive way for consumers to make better choices this festive season and invites us to sign up for their brand new #GoodTidings advent calendar 

Daily tidings come in the form of videos, demos, blogs, photo galleries, recipe cards and more created with support from WWF ambassadors including Chef Zola Nene, media personalities Zoe Brown, Carl Wastie, Claire Mawisa and sustainable fashion guru, Jackie May. Here’s a sneak preview on what you can expect from the calendar.

1. All that glitters is not gold

Sparkly glitter is undeniably festive but much of it’s made from microplastics which can end up polluting the environment or be consumed by fish, birds and other animals. Consider plastic-free décor such as glass jars filled with beautiful succulents and decorations made from fabrics or ribbon.

2. Gift wrapping alternatives

Wrapping paper – its festive, it’s fun, it’s fleeting. Each year tons of it finds its way to landfills so why not use leftover birthday wrapping paper or gift bags? “You could experiment with covering gifts with fabric, old newspapers or put them into any attractive tins, boxes or jars you may have lying around your home or office,” offers Prince. I did a post about eco friendly wrapping ideas, actually.

3. Show love to local producers

There are many local designers and producers making exciting and innovative products from sustainable materials. Gems such as Uzwelo, who teams up with local communities to convert banners to fabric to make functional, fashionable and affordable bags, can all be found on the newly revamped WWF e-commerce site. Prince explains, “Proceeds from these sales help support the WWF’s vital work.” You guys know I love buying local so if you are in Nelson Mandela Bay do check out Locally Yours

I thought this advent calendar was a pretty novel idea a Noel idea maybe, hehehehe. I know I’m not perfect when it comes to all this live green thing BUT like most of you I try and I think that’s something already: click on the picture to go to this inspiring woman’s twitter page.

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