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Make 2023 A Sustainable Christmas!

Are you dreaming of a  sustainable Christmas this year?  – Ways to cut waste, and give gifts that are more sustainable and reusable?

Luckily, there are plenty of options here in Cumbria for choosing eco-friendly gifts, reducing your waste this christmas and supporting local businesses.

Charity Shops and Swaps

Not buying new items, saving money, and passing on your own unwanted items – making use of charity shops and keeping an eye out for local clothes or toy swaps can be a great way of finding gifts and making Christmas truly sustainable.

Again, you might need to follow local sustainability groups online – and keep an eye on our events page.

One to get you started is  a baby and toddler toy swap in Kendal on 30 November

Homemade gifts

Always popular, and though they might need a bit of planning there are plenty of ideas online.  Cakes, essential oils, crafts can all make really thoughtful gifts – find a list of ideas here.

Sustainable Markets

Locally made crafts, reusing and repairing goods and minimising plastic and packaging. Sustainability groups across Cumbria are working with their local communities to put on craft markets that will inspire and offer locally sources, sustainable and eco-conscious gifts. Events are listed on our site here-  but if you haven’t already get on the mailing list of your local group.

You can also keep an eye on your local schools – they often hold fayres as a way of raising funds and showcasing local business.

Local businesses can also easily be found online, and often take part in local ‘virtual’ markets online – like this one.

No more unwanted presents

Giving the gift of a donation is very popular, and reduces unwanted presents and waste. Charities offer this, often with an ecard or a personalised message. You can find Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) version here.



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