Have yourself a merry, One Planet Christmas

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Over the last two weeks, we’ve been sharing inspiration and ideas for a One Planet Christmas with fewer things, more enjoyment

Last year, we concentrated on ways to have a zero-waste Christmas. In 2017, we thought it would be good to look at Christmas in terms of  ‘health and happiness.’

Alongside zero waste, this is another of the ten principles from our sustainability framework: One Planet Living. It’s the one we choose to place at the top of the list, not because it’s more important than the others, but because it’s the easiest one to engage with. Who doesn’t want to be happy, right?

At Christmastime though, it’s easy to get swept in the tide of consumerism and forget that what really makes us happy is time spent with friends and family – not ‘stuff.’

We are not promoting no presents – far from it! Just that we should avoid wasting time and money on plastic tat that people don’t want or need. Mindless consumption isn’t  good for our happiness, or the planet. 

Did you know that, while researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale? Most of these materials will then end up in landfill. 

Instead, we’re calling for people to prioritise time spent with loved ones, helping others and giving gifts that don’t exploit the planet. 

So we’ve gathered some ideas from some of those promoting a  consumerism-free festive period to inspire a One Planet Christmas. Do let us know your ideas on Twitter too. 

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