Health and happiness

Exercise with a friend or neighbour and greet passers by with a smile. Do something to help those in need.

Equity and local economy

This year buy gifts or gifted services from local business where your money will be returned to the local economy. Try something new and diversify.

Culture and community

Volunteer in any number of local community programs - try community radio, community gardens, planting native vegetation, cooking for those in need, teaching English, mentoring others etc.

Land and nature

Change to biodegradable cleaning products, and plant native pollinating plants for bees and birds. Keep water on your land for use in dry spells for birds, animals and plants.

Sustainable water

Install a rainwater tank (Merry Christmas), switch your grass to native plants and mulch. If you haven’t already - install low flow showerheads and tap fittings and conserve water.

Local and sustainable food

Grow your own food, swap edible foods, and cook up a storm using local, sustainable and native ingredients. Eat and celebrate with family and friends.

Materials and products

Now is the time to re-gift items, up-cycle your clothes, and purchase locally made, recyclable and recycled items.

Transport and travel

The holiday season is a great time to relax and take public transport, ride a bike with friends or walk to your local destination. Keep it local and greenhouse gas emission free.

Zero waste

Avoid all plastic, buy fresh, carry your own shopping bags or ask for a cardboard box. Reuse christmas leftovers in imaginative ways and share your feasts with friends and local community.

Zero carbon energy

Use fans to cool yourself not air conditioners and share a picnic under a tree in the shade. Use your microclimate not your appliances to stay cool and 100 per cent renewable energy.

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