The time has finally come for people to hang up their Holiday decorations and rush to begin their holiday shopping. The holidays can be an overwhelming time for adults with busy schedules and the challenge of searching for the perfect gifts. Not to mention all the gift-wrapping paper wasted! But do not fret, we are here to help you find the best sustainable gifts that will save you money, show your loved ones how much you care, and help lower environmental impact in the process.
Just like Black Friday, the holidays promote overconsumption and large amounts of waste. Americans spend around $8.3 billion each year on unwanted or unused holiday gifts. Instead of buying a gift that’s going to be used a few times before it gets thrown out, try sustainable gifts. Sustainable gifts refer to gifts that are environmentally friendly, promote long-term use, and reduce waste while conserving resources. There are several ways to gift sustainably, down to the wrapping paper. Use these great tips to ensure you are having a Green Christmas:
- Fair-trade certified Gifts: Fair-trade items gifts are a great way to help someone in need and support social well-being. Fairtrade products are products with certified symbols that follow ethical production standards; while workers receive fair wages in safe working conditions. Items range from food to clothing and much more.
- Gift Experiences: Another great gift many people don’t think of is not a physical gift but an experience! It’s a creative alternative to cut down on carbon footprint and consumption while being more meaningful. In addition, it’s more relevant to the receiver’s needs and interests. It also allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones. This holiday season Shop Repurpose is having a raffle where you can acquire, Tickets to Hell’s Kitchen at the Public Theater, 2 tickets for 12/22, and 2 tickets for 1/13.
- DIY: With this method, you’re putting your crafting skills to the test in the best way possible! Homemade gifts are a great way to show your love for someone since they can be specifically tailored for one person. It lessens the carbon footprint that's linked with manufacturing and shipping products. And we have the perfect place to create personalized gifts for the whole family! Our long-time friends over at @craftnightnyc have weekly events where you can create one-of-a-kind tote bags, mugs, and much more.
- Luxury Vintage Shop: Giving new life to items by Shopping at luxury vintage stores helps reduce waste and you’ll never know what amazing treasures you’ll find.
The holidays are such joyous occasions for everyone but it doesn’t have to be a harmful one anymore. Shopping sustainable means gifting a better future for generations to come. As well as helping out great causes. Here at Shop Repurpose, you can purchase beautiful luxury clothing with our net proceeds of those sales fund scholarships that are granted to members of our Workforce Development Program to pursue higher education.