A Mindful Christmas List?
Little by little, Jared and I are on a journey to being more mindful with our purchasing in life. It all started with food but once we dove in there, we’re realising that there’s more to every purchase than meets the eye. With the gifts Jared and I gave and put on our lists for Santa we tried to be meaningful and mindful with things that are fun and thoughtful but also thoughtful to people and the planet from start to finish. It’s a slow journey of baby steps but we’re trying to make the move to fair-trade and ethical sourcing on everything we buy, and to eliminate trash wherever we can. So as we planned for the holidays, we wanted to do Christmas in the same vein! Yes, it made gift planning a little more arduous of a task, but it was actually fun to discover what’s out there that can make a great gift and also do good at the same time.
So what did we give and get?
Within my family, we did big secret santa exchanges between our different homes across the globe! If you know me, my first secret santa gift was predictable! I found a locally salvaged and restored cast iron skillet for my brother (yes, santa just got a little less secret!) it was a beautiful piece and buying used/restored is that little bit better for the environment as it would have otherwise become trash. A cast iron skillet will last for life making it one of my favourite gifts to give! It’s also non toxic and healthy – a win all around. For my other secret santa I invested in a piece from a company I love that was going out of business, it meant I could get a really good value for the budget we’d all stuck to, but again it used up what would otherwise be waste. I added to it a travel bottle of Dr Bronners soap, (my go-to fair-trade, organic and non toxic brand), and a bar of fair-trade chocolate.
One of my huge desires for the next year is to stop taking a to go boxes, from anywhere. We’ve already eliminated plastic bags, and this is my next step! I know it’s going to take work, but thanks to my parents in law I now have a great tiffin box that I can keep with me to take leftovers without using a disposable container! Two well sized sections and a small one as well, it’s perfect for packing food to go, or restaurant leftovers. (My biggest challenge to myself is in ordering takeout and asking them to put it in my own box!). In the same vein, but actually more for health, we gave some 30oz stainless steel to go cups with stainless steel straws. Eliminating plastic, styrofoam and even paper to go items is great for the environment but more importantly.
Is is worth it?