The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy in Jamaica. Our kindness knows no bounds and we share the spirit of goodwill widely. Though with good intent, our holiday activities often negatively impact the environment. We eat more, use more and waste a great deal. Even our gift-giving has bad side effects.
We consume large amounts of food during the holidays. We use more energy, water and raw materials to meet our needs. Our waste also causes problems in this time of abundance. Wrapping and gift bags are dumped without thought for reuse. When the goods we use are not sustainably produced it strains the environment
To conserve earth’s precious resources, let’s make holidays more sustainable with these tips:
- Choose sustainable gifts: Look for products made from sustainable materials and produced in an environmentally-friendly way. This include items made from recycled materials, organic cotton, or sustainably-sourced wood.
- Reuse and recycle: For wrapping those gifts, look for options that can be reused or recycled. Avoid products that are not recyclable, and dispose waste properly so our landfills aren’t overburdened.
- Reduce food waste:. Use leftover ingredients or food in subsequent meals, and consider donating excess canned food to a shelter or home for children or the elderly.
- Reduce energy use: Yeah, we know you want your home and property to look stush for the holidays. But do so responsibly. Use LED lights and energy-efficient appliances, and turn off Christmas lights promptly.