16 Dec '11, 1pm

Green gifts for green people: here are our favourites

Green gifts for green people: here are our favourites

'Tis the season to be jolly, and to buy one hell of a lot of presents while we're at it. As Christmas draws closer, British high streets are packed with shoppers splashing the cash on the colourful piles of textiles, plastics and sugary food brightening up shop windows. Christmas shopping and festive giving might be fun but they come with serious consequences for the planet. The seasonal spike in consumerism generates an 18 per cent increase in carrier bags - pushing the amount of plastic bags over the 100,000 tonne mark – while online, Amazon received 2.3 million orders on their busiest day last year, resulting in huge amounts of cardboard waste. But Christmas is Christmas and that means presents, for children, friends and family alike. Although not everyone has time to make their own gifts, there are eco alternatives available. ‘[Eco-friendly] products are available,’ sa...

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