Weeks before the Christmas season, going out "shopping" becomes part of the agenda of most people who consider making planned and strategic purchases to avoid the high prices of the season and take advantage of some promotions.
However, the consumption of unnecessary or single-use products usually generates surprising increases in the amount of waste as well as the waste of natural resources used as raw material for its production.
That is why for this Christmas we propose you to adopt a more responsible consumption and aware of the environmental impact and the waste of the natural resources that are generated.
Have you ever thought that despite consuming planet-friendly brands you still respond to the impulses of commercial and standardized consumerism?
This is common and not necessarily bad, because at least you are already looking for a seal or label that guarantees that the product or service you purchase has a low impact on the environment; but to avoid falling into “ecological consumerism” it is necessary to be a consumer truly informed and responsible.
The essentials to be a responsible consumer It is asking ourselves why we are going to buy a certain product and if we really need it or the person to whom you are going to give it needs it. Sometimes being an environmentally responsible consumer means NOT making unnecessary purchases. Choose gifts that you know will be used in the long term, that are really necessary and that are part of fair and local trade.
When you choose to purchase products from artisans or small producers, you support the growth and sustainable development of different communities in the country since you encourage the local economy through self-employment.
On the other hand, you promote the conservation of the traditions of the different populations. By giving a handmade toy you transmit years of cultural legacy that our ancestors have given us. You even help to care for the environment because many artisans and small producers They make their products with planet-friendly techniques, thus achieving a balance with nature.
Likewise, when wrapping, try to use recyclable materials and make your Gift Wrap personalized to avoid buying more plastic and more paper that will surely go to the landfill indiscriminately.
Think of making Christmas decorations with recycled decorative elements that carry your personal stamp to your Christmas tree.
According to the Federal District Secretary of the Environment (SEDEMA), during the Christmas holidays 30% more solid waste is generated compared to the rest of the year and 35% of this waste corresponds to wrappers and packaging.
Christmas doesn't have to mean expense or exuberance. Choose emotional gifts that you can make or buy locally produced that also take care of the environment. Or even plan surprises, walks or make a delicious vegan cake. You still have time to plan your gifts!