Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Social Traders GOOD gift Guide

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on December 13th, 2012

Photo by Jilligan86 via flickr cc

From the Good Gift Catalogue by Social Traders:

The Good Gift Christmas Catalogue is Social Traders’ initiative to encourage people to support social enterprise by facilitating online Christmas shopping.

The strategic power of purchasing is becoming one of the most effective ways that organisations and individuals can achieve social change.  To harness this collective purchasing power, earlier this year Social traders launched The Social Enterprise Finder – the first online directory of social enterprises in Australia with over 5000 listings.

An extension of The SE Finder, the GOOD Gift Catalogue enables people to browse products and services offered by over 50 Australian social enterprises and to learn about the different purposes of these organisations.  A social enterprise gift gives good to more than just the recipient.  Purchasing these goods supports businesses that exist for a community benefit.

This Christmas, why not give a gift that gives a stuff?

>> View the Good Gift Christmas Catalogue online.

Ethical Consumer Guide to Christmas

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 20th, 2011

Recycled gift carton and photo by Urban Woodswalker via flickr CC

Don’t be naughty this Christmas, buy nice. Rather than doing your Christmas shopping at the local mega-mart, use gift giving and festive meals to exercise your commitment to ethical shopping. Our book makes a perfect Christmas gift, or there’s heaps of other ideas in the guide, at our online shop, and on our favourite gift ideas page. Christmas is an opportunity to shop ethically on a grand scale! This guide covers all the main things you might buy over Christmas, listed under the categories of food, gifts, and decorations.

A Sustainable Christmas Lunch

Posted in Events by samgreen on November 30th, 2011

7 December , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Photo by via flickr CC

‘Tis the season to be jolly wasteful, but how do we separate nativity from naivety when it comes to sustainability?  Join us for a Christmas lunch of tasty treats that won’t leave the planet more stuffed than last year’s turkey!

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 12.30-1.30pm

Location: Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Streets Footscray

Bookings essential – please book online at or contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 03 9688 0357 for more information

Port Phillip Local Artisan Tour

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 23rd, 2011

3 December , 2011
11:00 amto4:00 pm

“SECOND-HAND-MADE Port Phillip” Local Artisan Tour St Kilda – Middle Park – Albert Park – South Melbourne

Sat 3 Dec, 11am–4pm

Be inspired, support local artisans & enjoy ethical Christmas shopping whilst exploring the diverse handmade delights of bayside Melbourne handmade toys – crafts – curios – home-wares – vintage threads – reclaimed treasures

Starting from South Melbourne, join us for a leisurely tour on foot and public transport, stopping for tea & treats along the way!

$10 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – 0439 677 811

Hosted by Transition Port Phillip – inspiring connectedness, creativity & community resilience –  & The Sharehood – meet your neighbours, share with them

Planet Ark’s Festive Season Green Guide

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on December 22nd, 2010

Download the Guide or visit the website:

Social Traders: Gifts with Impact

Posted in Research by Rob Eales on December 18th, 2010

The Social Traders’ Gifts with Impact catalogue is full of purchasing ideas for the festive season that deliver community benefit to those in need – ideal for family, friends or colleagues.

Download the catalogue or visit the website for more information –

50 Ways to Give to the Community this Christmas

Posted in Models, Opinion by Rob Eales on December 17th, 2010

From “50 Ways to give to the community this Christmas”, courtesy of

#4 Get your kids involved. Talk to your kids about scaling back your own family’s Christmas present-giving to one gift per child. Encourage your children to think about the community groups that make a difference in their lives by donating a few coins, or by doing a few jobs around the house in exchange for a donation to a group. Ask them to pin-point toys they have outgrown that they would like to contribute to a community group that works with children, or that can sell the toys to help fund their work.

#5 Swap gifts for donations. Instead of giving out Christmas presents yourself, make a donation on your friends’ behalf to an appropriate community group. Give your friends a card telling them that you have made a donation and provide the receipt. Again, the benefit will last longer than a pair of socks, a packet of soaps or box of chocolates.

#6 Sponsor a native animal. Tragically, more and more of our unique Australian fauna are becoming endangered. Icons like Tasmanian Devils, koalas and other great creatures are under threat from disease, introduced species or diminishing habitat. Consider sponsoring a Tasmanian Devil, a koala, a grey nurse shark or a native animal through Our Community’s Giving Centre.

#16 Buy your Christmas tree from a community group. Consider buying your Christmas tree this year from a local scouting group or community organisation selling trees. Real trees smell better than plastic ones, and after Christmas they can be recycled by being cut up for garden mulch (remember to take off the decorations first!). Think Green. Think Community. Try the list of community groups selling trees at Often scout groups, service clubs and CFA brigades sell Christmas trees as fundraisers, so if there isn’t a local group on Our Community’s list, approach one of these organisations to see what they are doing.

#23 Help by having a party. If your workplace, family, neighbours, friends or others are getting extra festive this festive season and having a party, think about who you’re going to get to cater it. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Catering Service not only produces great food, but uses the money it generates through catering to support asylum seekers and their families. See if there’s a similar group in your area that can cater for your party.

#40: Attend a local Christmas concert. Many schools and community groups hold concerts at this time of year – lend your support by going along and clapping loudly. You could also offer to help make costumes or sell tickets.

Read the other 44 at, or visit — a commission-free website listing thousands of good causes and creative ways to give.

The Ethical Christmas Resource Kit

Posted in Movements, Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on December 13th, 2010

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Do it differently this Christmas!

I buy. I wrap. I give. I get. I get caught up. It’s easy to become lost up in the busyness, anxiety and the frenzy of over-consumption at Christmas time.  So how do we reclaim the essence of Christmas? One that reframes relationships as being more important than possessions and quality time more significant than the rush. One that recognises that all our purchasing choices are connected to wider issues in the world and there is a story behind all the things we buy and receive.

This resource kit explores some things you can do to make a difference with the way you celebrate this Christmas. There are many positive choices you can make for the health of the planet, your community, and yourself.  It may be buying a ham that hasn’t travelled halfway around the globe to get to you, or choosing a non-factory farmed turkey. Perhaps you could choose coffee where the owner of the company has guaranteed a fair wage to the plantation workers, or seafood that has been fished in a sustainable manner. You can also avoid companies with a negative track record, and find good gift alternatives that minimise waste.

‘With every meal, we have the opportunity to support a different food production system – one based on producing vibrant, healthy food with the well-being of people, animals and the land at heart.’ from Beyond the Supermarket, page 5, the Guide 2011

There are options for better buys within the supermarket and department store. Yet at the same time, the real answers are in supporting alternatives beyond. We’ve tried to give you a sense of what to look for, but also outlined some resources to help you where to find local, free range, organic, sustainable and waste free options.  Remember to focus on one issue at a time. Your choices do make a difference, but at the same time it’s no use being overwhelmed. Do what you can with the resources available.

This resource kit divides information into three sections, covering food; gifts; and decorations, lights, trees. It is designed as a companion to the 2011 edition of the Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping and referenced throughout with links to the website and the guide itself.  We recommend you grab some print copies of the guide to give to friends and family this Christmas. It’s a good way of speading the message and equipping people to make a difference in the preparation for Christmas.

All the best in having a great day and making it count this Christmas.

Festive Season Guide: Environment Victoria

Posted in Models, Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on December 9th, 2010

Environment Victoria’s Festive Season Guide

How to make yours a happy green holidays

It really is the season to be jolly. It’s the rare time of year where after a long year of slogging it out we enjoy kicking back, spoiling others and eating ourselves silly! And we deserve to. But with all the waste that goes along with it, it’s not such a joyous time for our environment.

So this handy guide will help you hold onto the good bits of the silly season, while being a little gentler on the planet. It’s still about having a great time with plenty of food and presents, but without all the waste. Because when you remember what your priorities are, it’s actually surprisingly easy.

Download the Festive Season Guide here

Or simply follow our quick links…

Decorations: Lets kick off with some handy decorating hints. Because there’s nothing like a chrissy tree or a splash of sparkle to get you into the spirit!

Green gifts: There’s nothing worse than giving your friends and family things they don’t need or want or will be broken come Boxing Day. Get them some of these much more awesome things which of course, have a lighter impact on the planet.

Cards and wrapping: There’s no reason why your wrapping can’t look beautiful while being super green.

Food, glorious food: You can make a big difference to your environmental impact by making some smart food choices. Here are some tasty ideas.

And that’s a wrap from us here. We truly hope you have a magical, relaxing, rejuvenating time that’s full of love, laughs and green cheer.

Love, Environment Victoria (

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Tips for a Green Xmas!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on December 12th, 2008

Want to enjoy Christmas without trashing the planet? The Australian Conservation Foundation has put together a list of some of the simple things to remember over the Festive Season. Suggestions include:

  • Provide recycling facilities at events and ask that food waste is collected for composting. Use recycled toilet paper.
  • Discourage the use of individually wrapped candy canes/lollies and the use of bottled drinks to minimise waste.
  • Discourage use of any disposable products – such as plastic plates. Where possible source only reusable, recyclable or compostable products.

To read the full list visit the Australian Conservation Foundation’s website.