Sustainability ideas for the festive season

IGS Head of Sustainability Carmelo Fedele has congratulated IGS Year 5 student Ingrid.

“Ingrid had a fantastic idea to sell reusable fabric gift bags as a sustainable alternative to wasteful wrapping. She calls it Bags by Ingrid, Carmelo said.

“I love Christmas and I love presents but I don’t love all the wasted wrapping paper and my mum hates wrapping.” said Ingrid. 

“So I decided to make reusable fabric gift bags for our family to use year after year. Our friends loved them so now I make them for other people too!.”

Each bag is hand-crafted by Ingrid with a little help from her mother. They come in a variety of sizes to fit all kinds of gifts.

“If your kids are like me, they love each present wrapped by itself – not all in one big sack. These bags make it easy to wrap each gift so there are lots of surprises on Christmas morning!” she said.

“These bags are earth-friendly, instead of paper, paper, paper and I don’t think the parents really like wrapping.” 

View Ingrid explain her enterprising idea  

IGS Head of Sustainability Carmelo Fedele suggests other ideas for a Sustainable Christmas below.

There are plenty of other things you can do to be more sustainable this Christmas:

  • Avoid unwanted gifts that will likely be discarded. Do your research and choose gifts that will be appreciated. 
  • Sheck retailers’ returns policies to see if they allow exchanges, if gifts are not as appreciated by the recipient as was hoped.
  • Reuse before you recycle. wrap gifts in children’s artwork or a piece of material, or if you’re giving a food gift, maybe wrap it in a tea towel and give that as part of a gift
  • If you do use wrapping paper, don’t buy the shiny glittery stuff because it can’t be recycled, and make sure it’s disposed of in the correct bin.
  • Where possible, choose retailers that have a good track record for sustainability and ethical supply chains

Check out Planet Ark’s Eco Holiday Hacks for even more great ideas for a sustainable holiday period.