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A Very Eco Xmas

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 we had to crown a month the Queen of Consumerism, December would be it. Frantic shoppers scrambling to buy Christmas decorations, trees, gifts and outrageous amounts of food. How much have you thought about your environmental impact or carbon footprint over Christmas?

<insertnamehere> hosted A Very Eco Christmas event to help shoppers make educated, ethical gift choices this festive season. <insertnamehere>’s resident designers were all present; the beautiful, creative jewellery from Joolz, stunning handmade dresses from Eva Q and funky t-shirts from T-shirt Garage.

Alex Hume from Eco Fashionista displayed gorgeous designs from a few of her labels including Apple & Bee and Ecoya candles. Eco Fashionista’s designers all demonstrate two or more of the following eco attributes: Organic, Natural, Recycled, Vintage, Eco Conscious Production, Locally Sourced, Fairly Made, Artisan Made (helping to preserve cultural traditions within the community) or Handmade.

Pauline Walker from PK Walker highlighted the importance of researching how products are made before you purchase them, taking into consideration all of the attributes above. PK Walker’s own one off garments are made from recycled fabrics, creating new fashion from vintage pieces.

But how do we take little green steps towards becoming an eco fashionista ourselves?

GIFT IDEAS

· Trawl op shops for unique clothing and accessories for your loved ones. One glamazon’s trash is another’s treasure.
· Head to your local markets for organic produce which you can bundle into a handmade bag or environmentally friendly shopping bag. Hint: Chocolate is always a hit!
· Websites such as EcoFashionista and Earth Love have great ranges of cute jewellery, accessories and fashion to choose from without the guilt.
· Make something yourself. Whether it be a card, a letter, a bracelet or homemade fudge; handmade gifts always mean so much more because you put in the effort. If you’re not that creative, check out the Arts Centre or St Kilda markets on a Sunday to pick up some local art and crafts.

CARDS & WRAPPING PAPER

· Wrap your gifts in pages from old magazines to be a little creative, or newspaper with a bright ribbon.
· Hunt for wrapping paper made from recycled materials. You can find eco friendly wrapping paper which is printed (carbon neutral) locally and uses vegetable dyes, from places such as Earth Greetings. For extra brownie points, Earth Greetings also plant a tree for every pack of gift cards sold.

DECORATIONS

· Biome have lovely Christmas decorations made from recycled aluminium cans, cotton, newspaper and clay to ensure that your tree is as green as possible,.
· Alternatively, make you own. Felt, wool and recycled wire are great materials to inspire festive creativity.

After snacking on delicious fair trade chocolate from Cocolo and tasting the difference of organic vodka from Vodka O, A Very Eco Christmas left us with the message that it is important to buy environmentally friendly products not only at Christmas but all year round.

Wise words by Kimberley Smith Escapade Events

Image courtesy Patrik Nemes

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