Christmas Shopping….needn’t cost the earth

Christmas decorations are up in all the shops, Black Friday has just been and gone, although there seems to be a few deals lingering longer as we head into yet another international climate conference. 

As consumers we do have to start thinking about using our purchasing power responsibly and vote with our dollars.  The holiday season is always such lovely time to give and receive with our loved ones and we look forward, hopefully to the year ahead – sustainably!

Groundswell’s Jamie Durie visited Chapel Street, Melbourne to see first-hand how we can shop and live more sustainably.  This included how he got to the shops, as hopping on a tram instead of driving is a great way to reduce one’s personal carbon footprint.  Look at using local markets to buy your groceries to reduce your food miles and support local farmers and businesses – helping to sustain local communities as well as the environment.

Jamie does a Christmas shopping reccie at Chapel Street Precinct

The Chapel Street Precinct shopping district is full of unique, independent retailers that make interesting and innovative choices when it comes to sustainability.  Many not only sell environmentally conscious products but they’ve even designed the fit-out of their shops to be more sustainable and put better systems and infrastructure into place to support that.

We can all make a difference this Christmas by seeking out products and businesses that are more sustainable, use ethical sourcing, sell recycled or repurposed goods.  There are so many unique, independent and innovative start-up businesses that are selling imaginative products using reclaimed and recycled materials it’s really quite exciting.  

From where you have your Christmas party event to where you have your hair done, if you take the time to look into it, you will find a sustainable option.  Consumers are becoming far more conscious about sustainable issues and businesses are responding quickly. 

A great way to go green this Christmas is to avoid online shopping from large global corporations and support your local economy.