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Have Yourself an Environmentally Friendlier Christmas

Its that time of year again where everyone appears to go shopping mad! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and we haven’t got to Christmas yet...then after Christmas day we are then welcoming in the Boxing Day and January sales - yowzers! Now I am not one who is ever down on shopping, I blooming love it but I’ve recently been taking note of ways that I splurge and enjoy the gift-giving season whilst also being nicer to the environment. 

How I hear you cry? Well, it’s pretty easy when you think out of the (gift) box - see what I did there? 

Fabulous environmentally friendly Fashion

If you are a fashion queen like me then you will certainly be aware that sometimes fast fashion lasts as long as it takes to make it. There has been a noticeable change in recent years in the shopping habits of all types of consumers interested in fashion. I mean you only have to look at figures such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney who have been advocating sustainable fashion as well as so many bloggers making the change, one of my favourites - From Fiona being one that's inspired me.

If you want to be even more a sustainable fashionista there are sites such as eBay and high fashion sites such as vestiaire collective or rebelle which allow you to purchase second luxury items with none of the environmental implications that can usually come with being style royalty. 

Looking fabulous never felt so good! 

Review refurbish tech 

We all love our gadgets and there has been something of a zeitgeist in the people's views of refurbished tech. Sites such as apple even offer great deals on their own refurbished products. And for your gaming needs, GAME offers secondhand games and consoles at a great price. Companies like giffgaff are taking it a step further at their pop up store on Black Friday - located in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, with a big difference. Nothing is for sale. To enter, people must pay with a pledge and commit to choosing refurbished wherever possible. Using the most commercial moment in the calendar, giffgaff are highlighting that refurbished is a sustainable and savvy choice especially when it comes to phones.

but worry not if you can’t get to the site as you can take the pledge over on their website and if you socially share it you can even be gifted one of ten refurbished phones which they are offering to those who take the pledge. 

Unwrap your gifts 

It isn’t all about buying but also about the wrapping, did you know that Brits are set to use this festive season around  72,312,300 roll of wrapping paper? That’s a lot of trees! Especially when you consider that many of these rolls of wrapping won’t even get recycled...I know, crazy right? But what isn’t crazy are campaigns such as cut the wrap inspiring people to go naked this Christmas and not get their gifts wrapped in paper - after reading those stats I am in total agreement. 

So what about you? Are you going to take the pledge and buy refurbished this Christmas? Or are you gonna get your sustainability on and be rethink your gifts and their wrapping? If so we want to know, let us know below or continue the conversation on our social channels. 


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