Say "No!" to unwanted bags - when doing your Christmas shopping, take a re-usable shopping bag with you or re-use plastic bags. Don‘t accept bags that you don‘t need this Christmas
Recycle old windows – use as picture or mirror frames!
Create a mosaic with broken tiles and pottery
If somebody gives you a present that you don't really want, rather than throw it away, pass it on to your local hospital, play center, charity shop or school.
You could treat someone to an "experience present" such as theatre tickets, flying lesson or just a trip to the cin-ema - they‘re very personal gifts and don‘t come surrounded by stacks of packaging! Tickets to a sporting event, movie, play, or concert are a real treat! You could even make the voucher out of an old Christmas card.
Shipping a gift? Reuse the foam peanuts from another package, or use unbuttered popcorn for packing.
Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate? That way, you know the gift will be kept.
Make gifts. Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal or baked goodies.
Make a charitable donation in someone's name.
Think durable! Consider how long an item will last before you make a purchase. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent. Buy gifts that are long lasting, repairable, refillable and easily recy-clable.
Remember to look for items made with recycled content, and when buying gifts, try to avoid items that are ex-cessively packaged.
If you get gifts mailed to you, make sure you aren‘t throwing away the box and plastic packaging. Cardboard can be recycled in many curbside programs or at centers, and plastic peanuts can also be reused by shipping stores.
Reduce wasteful junk mail by calling catalog companies and requesting they remove your name from their mail-ing list. Shop at their online sites instead.
If you get a whole new wardrobe, donate your unwanted clothes to charity shops.
When buying presents look out for those with minimal packaging, or items packed in recycled or recyclable ma-terials (e.g. cardboard).
When you have finished eating all your Christmas chocolates and cookies keep the tins and reuse them as stor-age containers.
If you receive electrical goods this Christmas, don‘t throw your old ones away. Instead recycle them.
Avoid purchasing items which are gimmicky.