Love the Earth this Christmas!
I’m a strong believer in being eco-friendly, not just because I want the future generations of my lineage to survive and actually know what endangered species such as Pandas are, but also because I believe it’s our natural duty to be eco-friendly. No relationship should be one-sided, and just as how we appreciate everything the Earth has for us, we should reciprocate as much as we can, whenever we’re able to.
Obviously, one great obstacle is our cultivated laziness. I use the word cultivated because it’s not natural, it’s something society has seen fit to make necessary. What do I mean? To use a simple analogy, let’s talk about packaging. These days, whenever I go to the grocery store or make a simple small purchase at the local drugstores, I always tell them I don’t need the plastic bag. Because I really don’t. Do you? Now think about it in the macro-scale: Companies, particularly cosmetics companies, see the need to wrap up their beauty tools and items in fancy packaging, which are very attractive to the eye and extremely appealing – yet, are they really necessary? Imagine if the world decided to go for minimal, efficient packaging for their products. How much resources would we save? Not to mention that many of these materials used are often non-biodegradable plastics, which is not easy to reuse and recycle.
My goal for this Christmas? Being Eco-friendly!
Sticking to a Theme each Christmas has always helped me in my gift shopping, it helps to eliminate the multitudes of options out there and injects a bit of my own personal beliefs into the gifts I’ve specially picked for my friends. Here I’ve listed some options I’m looking at this Christmas, I hope it inspires you as well!
- Brushes from Eco ToolsInexpensive, Eco-Friendly and Great Quality – what more could you ask for? The set of five brushes in the centre also contains an eco-friendly bamboo brush roll, which will help keep your brushes neatly and makes it a convenient set for travelling. I’ve already tried out their set of small eyeshadow brushes, which I love for their smooth texture, thickness (they don’t stinge on the bristles, so each brush has quite a good quantity of bristles, making application easy and it carries a good amount of product). In the name of being Eco-Friendly, these brushes are made of the following natural, synthetic and recycled materials: synthetic hair, recycled aluminium, bamboo (renewable non-petroleum resource) and even the packaging is printed with plant-based ink! I’ve seen these brushes in Watsons stores, I can’t quote the price but I’m fairly sure the 5 piece set retails below $40, which is very reasonable seeing that a single MAC brush can cost upwards of $30.
- Flower By Kenzo Refillable EDPLeading the perfume industry in eco-friendliness is FlowerbyKenzo’s refillable bottles. First created in 2000, the iconic bottle has now been redesigned to become refillable. Furthermore, each refill packet is specifically designed to minimize the amount of resources, energy and greenhouse gas emissions generated by their production, transport and use. What I love about these refill sachets is that I can decant the perfumes into even smaller bottles for a refreshing spritz on the go.
- Amazon KindleWith the introduction of Apple’s iPad, many are saying that e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle will soon be obsolete. I however, seek to disagree. Whilst similar at the first glance, the functions of these two tablets are actually very different. The Amazon Kindle’s sole purpose is for reading-on-the-go, hence it has its revolutionary display, which is easy to read and less harmful for the eyes than other electronic screens. On the other hand, the Apple’s iPad is well, for entertainment purposes. I still don’t get that concept, it’s just a giant iPod Touch. Whilst I do love the feel of flipping page by page of my books, I can’t deny that the Kindle looks poised to save publishing companies tons spent on printing. Moreover, electronic sales ensure that there isn’t as much excess and wastage incurred as printing a paperback *thinks of the stacks of Harry Potter books on 75% off sale at Borders and Popular*. The newest Kindle can hold 3500 books and last a month of continuous usage. It also has free 3G and built-in Wifi, and these features can be used freely even in Singapore. Alternatively, you can download the free Kindle software for your Mobile, iPad, Mac or PC and give someone an Amazon gift card to purchase new books for electronic reading!
- Lose That Packaging!One major form of wastage every Christmas period is the amount of giftwrap that’s wasted in the slightly insane ripping apart of presents. This year, why not look for package-free presents that promote eco-friendliness? Decorated Water Bottles look cute on their own, particularly these from Fredflare, and need not be wrapped. Giving your friends and family a kitschy water bottle might just inspire them to carry it around more often, ensuring that they’ll stay healthy and well hydrated at all times, and reduce the number of plastic bottles they might buy and dispose of. Bar Soap (not of the LUX kind) comes various forms, many of which are embossed beautifully to suit the season or the collection. Using Bar Soap also reduces the use of large plastic bottles used for liquid soap, and as many high-end Bar Soaps are preservative-free, they’re also less harmful to your body.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Recycled goods are a great way in promoting eco-consciousness. Often, people don’t realise how versatile recycled items can be. Personally, each year I make an effort to recycle last year’s Christmas wrappings in making my Christmas cards – all I do is cut out the laughing santa/tree/present and stick them on the various cards. And usually, people don’t realise (coz who remembers what wrapping they gave you last year? of course, I mix it up a little).
So share the Joy this Christmas, and let our Earth feel a little bit of that Christmas love too :)