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5 tips to live lightly this Christmas

Published: 12 December 2017

Christmas can often be hard on your wallet and the planet. Why not live lightly this Christmas with these simple tips:

1. Buy in season

Source all your Christmas food locally and buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. Check what's in season in December at

2. Leftovers

Love Food Hate Waste has plenty of great ideas and recipes for your leftovers. You will save money and reduce the amount of good food that ends up in the landfill.

3. Secret Santa

If you have a big family Christmas planned, why not do Secret Santa and buy one good quality present for one person, rather than feeling like you have to buy something for everyone.

4. Get crafty

Google handmade gift ideas (Pinterest is full of them) and get creative with your gifts.

5. Tree

How many uses will your artificial tree get? Can you get a quality secondhand one? Reusable Christmas trees cannot go in your recycling bin so take them to a recycling centre or op shop if you’ve finished with it so it can have a new life with a different family next Christmas.

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