Aussies urged to go green for Santa this year

I'M dreaming of a ... green Christmas?

As we edge ever-closer to Christmas in a time of global financial and environmental crisis, it's important we take a look at how we can make a difference this festive season - without compromising the joy of it all.

And so Deputy Premier and Climate Change and Environment Minister Carmel Tebbutt is urging Coffs Coast families to do just that, giving some great tips on how you can enjoy an environmentally friendly Christmas.

“A green Christmas can be really enjoyable. It can help the hip pocket as well as the planet.

“The festive season is a great opportunity for people to rethink the way they do things and reduce their environmental footprint, save electricity and greenhouse gas emissions,” Ms Tebbutt said.

“Emission generated from rubbish sent to landfill can be reduced by buying recycled paper, recycling packaging waste, buying only what you need and composting organic waste at home.”

Some tips are setting a timer on your Christmas lights instead of leaving them all night, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, and buying a worm farm so you can utilise all those Christmas left-overs. Or why not give some funky individualised calico bags as presents?

Check out more handy environmentally friendly tips below.

Tips for a green Christmas:
  • set up Christmas lights on a timer and turn them off at midnight or when you go to bed.
  • use solar-powered lights
  • replace incandescent party lights with LED bulbs


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