This time of year brings with it joy and cheer—but the holidays can also bring a lot of waste. Gift packaging, wrapping, and the materials or ingredients that some gifts are made from are not always eco-friendly. Here’s how to choose an eco-friendly gift this holiday season. Here are 3 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Your Gifting Eco-friendly!
- Choose a symbolic or digital gift
Avoid all of that plastic used to package nearly everything, and get your friend something that won’t sit in their home until it goes to a landfill. Consider purchasing a digital or symbolic gift. Many gift cards are available digitally and can be sent to a recipient via email. Or, you could give back in your friend’s name with a symbolic gift from a charity they love.
- Choose a gift that helps wildlife
Take your digital or symbolic gift to the next eco-friendly level by choosing a gift that helps wildlife! You could do this by ensuring the company you buy from has animal-friendly policies, or by choosing a symbolic gift from a charity with programs to support wildlife.
Photo: World Animal Protection
- Support business with transparency
Sometimes, even when the gift itself is eco-friendly, such as a reusable water bottle, the company that makes it may not have corporate policies that align with those same values. Be sure to do a little research when searching for eco-friendly holiday gifts and buy from a company or donate to a charity you trust.
Want a gift that meets all three criteria? World Animal Protection Canada has a full gift guide of symbolic gifts that help wildlife or other animals, rated as one of Canada’s top charities by Money Sense, you can be sure that your donation will go into programs to help animals.