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.
- Partake in the Kindness Advent Calendar. Yes it’s true, December is already a third over. But start today and continue into the new year. There’s always time for random acts of kindness in this crazy world.
- Give your time to those who truly need it. It’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.
- 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.
- 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 materials of course) – here is some wonderful inspiration.
- Gift your loved ones a healthy edible pressie. This is an oldie but a goodie in the Green Queen archive and we make some of these jars every year.
- Do a big clear-out. 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 Hong Kong Moms’ donation guide.
- Go for a Christmas 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 family-friendly options.
- Be a vintage 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.
- Limit your meat consumption. There’s no doubt that we all need to eat less meat for the betterment of the planet 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).
- Go caroling. Singing is free, family-friendly, good for the soul and oh-so-fun! Little Steps has the full list of where and when you can do so around town.
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