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Celebrate sustainably this festive season



Posted on 10 December 2014
From wrapping paper to trinkets and unwanted items bought as token gifts, have you considered the non-material gifts that could keep on giving for a whole year?
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As the year winds down, many people gear up into rampant consumer mode. With the festive season around the corner, thoughts are fast-turning to family gatherings, food… and presents.

In the lead up to ‘the silly season’, many are instilled with a sense of fear, a panicked ‘What shall I buy for gifts?’ Yet, we have moved towards this excess consumption and extreme consumerism without stopping to ask ourselves why we do it.

This festive season, take a step back and consider what it really means to you – the true value of the special people in your lives, and how best to acknowledge and honour them.

From wrapping paper to trinkets and unwanted items bought as token gifts, have you considered the non-material gifts that could keep on giving for a whole year?
 
Join the #greenXmas Twitter chat

Hosted by @WWFSouthAfrica, together with co-hosts @IntheOverberg, @GoToSouthAfrica, @GoSocialSA@SANParks and @2OceansAquarium, we are opening a discussion around alternative eco-friendly giving that benefits our planet:
  • Q1: What are your suggestions for alternative eco gifting ideas that can also benefit our planet? #greenXmas 
  • Q2: What are your ideas for nature-based experiences this festive season? #greenXmas

Give gifts that keep on giving

There are many wonderful initiatives that can support the great work of conservation too, both showing that you care – and getting your loved ones out into the wonderful natural world.

How about an annual Botanical Society (BotSoc) card, allowing unrestricted access to the ten incredible botanical gardens around the country, or a SANParks Wild Card providing access to national parks and provincial nature reserves? Or give the gift of nature-based experiences, a night away in nature or a visit to somewhere special to enjoy our country’s amazing outdoor opportunities.

Consider gifts that could engage the whole family and foster a sense of togetherness, or eco-friendly gifts that provide a lifetime of use or enjoyment.

And for the person who has it all, or who doesn’t need more stuff, give the gift of the planet. A R250 or R500 WWF Gift Card is a way to gift a donation to someone, a contribution to the vast and immense work of WWF. As a proactive environmental NGO who is working to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, we need the support of those who wish to be part of ensuring this future.

Let’s inspire a love of nature so as to ensure flowing rivers, rich life-giving soils, flourishing ecosystems and healthy habitats for all the creatures who live on land and sea – and people who care enough to ensure they exist long after we’re gone. WWF is able to exist because of the support of those who believe in this future, of protecting the planet for now, and for future generations.

Join us on Wednesday 17 December 12-1pm for the #greenXmas Twitter chat on alternative gifting and giving nature-based experiences. Follow #greenXmas to join the conversation and give gifts that can honour the Earth!
From wrapping paper to trinkets and unwanted items bought as token gifts, have you considered the non-material gifts that could keep on giving for a whole year?
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