You’re family has made the decision to live plastic-free (or at least try!). But you know as soon as your child has a birthday or Christmas rolls around, plastic gifts are going to be coming at you left, right and centre.
How can you gently encourage plastic-free gift-giving?
Invites:Pop ‘plastic-free celebration’ on the invite. Introduce the concept in a fun way – make it the theme of your party, have a prize for the best plastic-free gift-giving, etc.
Wish lists:If there is something specific you’d like, like a plastic-free bobo&boo dinnerware set (*hehe), pop it on a wish list. Too bold? Make some suggestions on plastic-free gift-giving. Think experiences, gift vouchers, even a $5 or $10 note.
Go gift free:Remove the plastic-free gift-giving aspect entirely. Choose a charity (perhaps a children’s charity) to support and ask them to make a contribution in place of a gift. Here are some of my faves; plant a tree, Animal Welfare League, save the turtles, Sids & kids (close to my heart as I lost my niece), or even a small local charity.
Bring a plate:Ask everyone to bring aplastic-freeplate laden with their favourite dish or treat. Paper, ceramic, wooden, stainless steel, glass, bamboo plates … Click here for our Recipe of the Month.
Raise awareness:Let people know you are trying to live a plastic-free life. Talk to them directly or share articles like this on your Facebook page as a gentle reminder about plastic-free gift-giving.
If after all this someone shows up with a plastic gift on the day, graciously accept it. Perhaps you could subtly ask them where they bought it so you can return it to the store.
Don’t add it to landfill. Donate it to a charity – the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, which is run by the The Salvation Army and Mission Australia in the lead up to Christmas, for example.
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