Top gifts for a green Christmas

3 December 2018

Green Christmas

Go green and look after the Earth this Christmas

Christmas is the time for giving and receiving, of sharing good food with the people we love and of showing our gratitude for the year we’ve had. On the other hand, it inevitably becomes a time of great waste. Most of us end up buying so much food we can’t eat it all and a host of gifts remain unopened and unused by the receiver.

Here at CAFOD we have come up with the waste-free answer with our World Gifts! Life-changing gifts that help people living in poverty across the world, and don’t leave your loved one with yet another pair of socks, or some bubble bath when they don’t even have a bath.

The facts

In the UK, 1 billion cards go in the bin when they could be recycled, and that’s just over the Christmas period. We’ve come up with an eCard option so that you can go completely digital this Christmas! It looks just the same as our printed card, with a beautiful nativity scene on the front. It’s then animated to open the card and reveal a case study, explanation of the gift you’ve chosen and your personalised message inside.

Cards can always be recycled, but an astonishing 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away each year in the UK, that’s from here to the moon! Our gifts don’t need wrapping, whether you choose an eCard or not, your gifts fund people in need, no wasted paper here!

We have a selection of gifts which are particularly green – so for your particularly climate change savvy loved ones, have a look at these:

Solar lamp 

Solar lamp World Gift

Solar lamp World Gift

These lamps are a brilliant replacement for smoky lamps fueled by expensive kerosene or for trying to work by the light of a wood fire.

 With solar lamps, not only are they better for the planet, but the people using them 

can breathe freely. These lights are particularly helpful for children trying to do their homework at night, but also allow families to cook and clean without having to breathe in dangerous fumes. What’s more, the only fuel they require is the sun, which is free to everyone! 

Drought resistant crops

crops

Drought resistant crops World Gift

Whether you’re buying for the eco-warrior in your life, or you want to go green yourself, World Gifts is the option for you. We have lots of other gifts based around farming, perfect for going green this year.

Visit: cafod.org.uk/worldgifts

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