The holidays are upon us and it’s undoubtedly a joyful time of the year. It can also be a very un-eco, selfish time, where shopping and consuming overtake the spirit of giving that is at the heart of Christmas. We all need a reminder on ways to be kinder and greener, so below we share our ten best ways to do so this holiday season.
1. Partake in the Kindness Advent Calendar
From Dec 1st to Dec 24th, offer your time to a stranger or creature in need. There’s always time for random acts of kindness in this crazy world of ours.
2. Give your time to those who truly need it
t’s easy to get caught up in the consumerist chaos that is this time of year, but nothing is as rewarding as giving back. Visit HandsOn Hong Kong and check out their super convenient calendar for the latest volunteering opportunities.
3. Make a Christmas tree out of books
This is such a fun idea, and so eco! Not only does it mean skipping the whole real tree vs. fake tree controversy, it also makes for a great family project. Find examples and instructions here.
4. Host a Christmas crafting session
Young or old, artsy or not, everyone can take joy in an afternoon of arts and crafts. It’s the perfect low maintenance get-together for friends and family. Pick a theme for the session: make Christmas cards, or tree ornaments or wrapping paper (all made using reusable & recycled materials of course) – here is some wonderful inspiration.
5. Gift your loved ones a healthy edible pressie
This is an oldie but a goodie from the Green Queen archive and we make some of these jars every year.
6. Do a big clear-out & then donate your excess
Most of us have too much stuff while so many around us go without, especially when it comes to books, clothes and toys. Get rid of the excess and then donate it to those who could really use it – use our Where To Donate Clothes guide for clothes you no longer wear.
7. Go for a Christmas family hike
There’s a lot of excess during the holidays, what with shopping and eating and socializing. Take a time out to breathe in some fresh air and reconnect with the natural world whilst enjoying the city’s stunning trails. – here are some Green Queen-approved family-friendly options.
8. Be a vintage holiday party fashionista
With the plethora of parties you will attend, why not choose a pre-loved outfit? We have the complete guide to second-hand shopping right here.
9. Limit your meat consumption during Christmas Dinner
It’s hard to argue that we all need to eat less meat for the betterment of the planet (not convinced? here are 10 reasons why you should reduce your animal products consumption) so why not try increase your holiday meal’s plant-based profile? Easy suggestions include having more veggie sides, making dairy-free cakes and desserts and opting for only one meat main (turkey OR ham, rather than both).
10. Go Carolling
Singing is free, family-friendly, good for the soul and oh-so-fun! Little Steps has a fantastic guide to carolling in Hong Kong from last year of where and when you can do so around town- most of these are a yearly affair so it should be easy to find 2018 info.
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