• Gifts. Hospital children's wards, schools and charity shops are all interested in unwanted gifts and toys.
    If possible try to find gift-wrap made from recycled paper. Don't use more than you need on each present, or wrap two presents together. Unwrap presents carefully so as not to tear the paper, and fold and store for re-use next year.
    When buying gift cards, remember that smaller cards use less paper and can be just as effective. Try and find cards made with recycled paper or from sustainable managed forests. Re-use old cards by turning them into gift tags or book marks.
  • Venues If you are going to hire a venue for your celebrations, there are plenty of local public houses and halls for hire. Keeping your event local helps the local economy, as well as potentially helping the environment by reducing the amount of travel required. If you are going to use decorations, choose ones that can be used again or consider making your own, from unwanted materials.
  • Food and Drink
    When deciding on the catering and refreshments for your celebrations, think about purchasing locally produced goods, and ones that are organic, or carry the Fairtrade Mark. Another important consideration is to ensure that you do not provide more food and drink than is required to minimise unnecessary food waste, and try to re-use or recycle food containers or packaging.


  • The Centre for Alternative Technology has numerous gift ideas that all consider the environment.
    Tel 01654 705950
  • The Natural Collection sells a variety of environmentally friendly products for house, garden, clothes, toys and health.
    Eco House, Monmouth Place, Bath BA1 2DQ
    Tel 0870 331 33 33
  • For a list of local charity shops and charitable organisations or local pubs that may have rooms for hire, check your Yellow Pages or visit www.yell.com.

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