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Top 5 Ways to go Eco-Friendly this Yuletide

While Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also one of the most wasteful times of the year. But celebrating more sustainably doesn’t mean your holidays need to be any less fun!

Here are our 
top 5 gift ideas and tips to make your holiday festivities a bit more planet-friendly: 

1) Give a Gift Box That Gives Back


Our "Gift Back Boxes" make perfect eco-friendly, thoughtful Christmas pressies. They are carefully curated, and created in collaboration with local companies producing gorgeous, planet-friendly products. The boxes are beautifully packaged in a FSC certified cardboard box fitted with a decorative sleeve featuring artwork from Mica Still--a Wellington artist known for her vibrant colour palette and collages of whimsical creatures.

Best of all, this is a gift that gives back! All profits from the Gift Back Boxes go to WWF-New Zealand to help us continue our important mahi for Aotearoa and the Pacific.

Buy a Gift Back Box

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Gift Back Box types - small on the left and large on the right

2) Help Clean up Our Oceans Through Fashion


Looking for the perfect gift for the sunny days ahead? ReefCycle sunglasses are it!

These stylish, sustainable sunglasses upcycled from a dangerous fishing net from the Northern Great Barrier Reef aim to help keep marine life safe and our oceans clean. With 50% of the proceeds going back to WWF-New Zealand, every purchase supports our work to remove more plastic from the ocean.

ReefCycle sunglasses come in three different lens colours (brown, grey and green) and can be polarised ($149) or non-polarised ($99), and a prescription option is also available.

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ReefCycle sunglasses are upcycled from a deadly fishing net

3) Make a Donation in Their Name

For the friend or family member who already has everything, a donation to WWF-New Zealand makes a great gift. Your thoughtful gift will allow your loved ones to help nature in Aotearoa and around the world.

If you wish, you can announce your gift with an ecard or have WWF send a notification by mail. To give a donation gift, call us on 0800 4357 993 or email us at info@wwf.org.nz before December 20th.

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Westland National Park - Native forest interior with tree ferns South Island, New Zealand
© Kevin Schafer / WWF
Westland National Park - Native forest interior with tree ferns South Island, New Zealand

4) Choose Eco-Friendly Decorations and Gift Wrap

Choose decorations wisely and keep them to reuse year after year. As tinsel can’t be recycled, try to limit how much you buy. Have a look for second-hand items in charity shops or eco-friendly options, too.

You don’t have to use ‘traditional’ wrapping paper to make your Christmas gifts look pretty. Steer clear of anything shiny, plastic-lined or decorated with glitter, which are not recyclable. Instead, consider using recyclable brown paper, newspaper, or textiles, and decorate gifts with reusable tags, twine, vintage ribbon, or tree sprigs.

© Suzie Hubbard / WWF-UK
Wrapping constitutes one of the biggest Christmas wastes, so try wrapping your presents in brown or recycled paper and use string or raffia to tie it up.

5) Think Carefully When Buying Food

The traditional Christmas feast is the perfect opportunity to source local ingredients and use fewer food miles. Reduce food waste by planning in advance and only buy what you really need.

If you do end up with a lot of leftovers after the big day, don’t throw them out. Instead, take a look at sites such as Love Food Hate Waste for recipe inspiration, or compost them.

© Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada
Reduce food waste by planning ahead - be realistic about how much food you really need and use up leftovers.