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Buy sustainable, local, less energy-sapping gifts this Christmas

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Ōtepoti – Does a loved one really need it? Everything a person buy needs energy to be made and produces greenhouse gas as a result. The most sustainable item is the one people never bought.

Was the gift made or grown locally? Transporting goods and services takes energy. Wherever possible, choose gifts that have been made or grown locally. Buying locally will support the local economy and employment and minimise energy use and emissions.

Is the gift made from biodegradable or recycled materials? Plant-based products generally require less energy than synthetic-based products. Think wood, paper, cardboard, linen, organic cotton. Items made from recycled materials also take less energy to produce in general, generating fewer emissions.

Are you buying from a carbon-conscious company? Do a little research to find out whether your purchase will be supporting a business that is taking action. Look for sustainability certifications(external link) that show a product, service or business is taking measurable steps to reduce or offset its carbon footprint.

How is the gift packaged? Packaging goods takes energy. Choose products with minimal, low-carbon packaging such as cardboard or recycled materials. While you’re at it, remember to take bags from home when you go shopping, create an e-card rather than use a paper card, and get creative with your gift wrapping.

If every New Zealander replaced one $10 gift card with a donation to a good cause, that would be $49 million of goodness – and a lot less packaging and wrapping going to the landfill.

Everything people but for Christmas needs energy to be made and produces greenhouse gas as a result. The most sustainable item is the one you never bought.

Was the gift made or grown locally? Transporting goods and services takes energy. Wherever possible, choose gifts that have been made or grown locally. Buying locally will support the local economy and employment and minimise energy use and emissions.

Is the gift made from biodegradable or recycled materials? Plant-based products generally require less energy than synthetic-based products. Think wood, paper, cardboard, linen, organic cotton. Items made from recycled materials also take less energy to produce in general, generating fewer emissions.

Are you buying from a carbon-conscious company? Do a little research to find out whether your purchase will be supporting a business that is taking action. Look for sustainability certifications(external link) that show a product, service or business is taking measurable steps to reduce or offset its carbon footprint.

How is the gift packaged? Packaging goods takes energy. Choose products with minimal, low-carbon packaging such as cardboard or recycled materials. While you’re at it, remember to take bags from home when you go shopping, create an e-card rather than use a paper card, and get creative with your gift wrapping.

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