Seven sustainable gift ideas this Christmas

6 December 2019

Here are seven ideas from Industry Super Fund-owned bank ME to save money and the environment.

1. Keep cups

Australians toss out 2.7 million disposable cups every day. The gift of a keep cup reduces waste and they retail from around $17.

2. A native plant

Help bees fight the threat of pesticides, habitat loss and climate change by adding a touch of Australiana to Christmas with the gift of a flowering Australian native plant. Look for grevillea, kangaroo paw, and lilly pilly. It could cost under $15 for a young plant.

3. Bamboo straws

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Australians use about 10 million single-use plastic straws each year, and they’re one of the most common items polluting our beaches. Bamboo straws are an eco-friendly option – pick up a pack for under $13.

4. Baked with love

Handcrafted gifts like a homemade fruit cake or newly baked cookies show you care. They also require very little packaging and often cost far less than shop-bought equivalents. 

5. A fruit basket

Grab a wicker basket from the local op shop and fill it with organic seasonal fruits (or veggies). It’s a healthy, sustainable gift that can be pulled together for under $25.

6. A veggie patch

A gift made up of a planter tub, potting mix and seedlings of fail-safes like spinach, lettuce, and silverbeet can ensure friends or family never run out of homegrown greens. 

7. Water bottles

Our passion for bottled water sees around 373 million plastic bottles end up in landfill each year. Pick up a reusable water bottle for under $10 at department stores.

By keeping the planet in mind, you can keep your festive budget and the environment in great shape.

This article is brought to you by ME. For more information, please visit www.mebank.com.au. Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 and Australian Credit Licence 229500.

The Trustee and ME are not agents or representatives of one another. The Trustee is not responsible for and does not accept liability for the products or services of ME. ME is an Australian credit licensee (Australian credit licence no. 229500). You should use your own judgement before taking up any product or service offered by ME. TWUSUPER invests in ME but does not receive any commissions as a result of members using ME products and services.

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