Christmas in Nigeria is more about coming together of families, exchange of gifts and devouring Chicken, Turkey, Goat, Fried Rice, Nigeria Jollof Rice, Pounded Yam and other assorted meals, than it is about celebration of the life of Christ. It’s a season of Love, fun and togetherness often times deterred of Eco-Friendliness.
While activities like giving to charity, exchange of gifts and tree decorating are plausible, wasteful shopping, high use of single use plastic packaging bags, high usage of disposables wares, poor energy & water consumption, disposal of food leftovers and poor waste disposal facilities to handle the influx of the season all cost the environment a great deal. At the end of it all, the entire eco-system (Human health and survival inclusive) feels the heat.
Good News! You can have a Green Christmas
Read on, for tips on how to have all the best of Nigerian Christmas and yet be Green and Eco-friendly
- Only buy what you need; reduce plastic bags and other packaging materials
- Purge your store, re-gift old items you’ve never used and probably never going to use
- Give to a Charity or Food bank; you can also plan to cook for 1 or more less privilege persons/family
- Conserve Energy by switching off lights, and water Taps; Use energy efficient products to reduce your bills in January (shop here)
- Recycle your plastics, cans, glass and papers; compost your waste food remains, you might even earn a token if you recycle with Ecobarter (click here on how to begin)
- Ditch disposables
- Plant a Tree
- Choose more Recycled, Handmade and Homemade gift products
- Use Eco-friendly gift wraps in place of glossy, plastic or metallic film wraps
- Decorate with Nature or repurposed items
Share these tips with friends & family and please add more tips in the comment section ..
If you need more convincing on why you should go green, see here
We wish you a Merry Green Christmas