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Tips to have a greener Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

While Christmas fills many people with joy, it can be a time when the environment is impacted. If we all went out of our way to be more sustainable this Christmas, we can help the planet this holiday season!

Buy Smart, Not Hard

Some gifts will fill a practical need and will have to be bought new. However, there are lots of gifts that you can buy that are thoughtful keepsakes.

You can give more while spending less by giving gifts that are personal and unique. People tend to appreciate anything that shows thoughtfulness. It’s also a nice way to get creative in the run-up to Christmas too!

If your list of people to buy for is feeling like Santa’s ‘Nice’ list, organising a Secret Santa can be helpful! It’s a good way to save time, money, and unnecessary buying! Even though we won’t admit it, there are always a couple of presents we get at Christmas that will be buried in our drawer for years!

Shop Local

Sadly, a lot of gifts in today’s marketplace come from all around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation. And gifts made locally often have a story that goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known.

In Bristol, there are many independent shops that can offer thoughtful and sustainable gifts. The Bristol Christmas Markets are a good place to look. The stallholders are independent local traders, and there’s also no better place to get in the Christmas spirit!

Choose gifts made from recycled sources

Many individuals and small businesses have developed great products using recycled materials. Supporting these businesses helps reduce the waste stream while promoting the concept of making the best use of available materials.

Gifts at Bristol Aquarium

Here at Bristol Aquarium, our gift shop has lots of options for you! From fishy stocking fillers to big plushes, our gift shop has it all. Also, you don’t need to buy entry tickets for the aquarium to use the gift shop!

Or if you want to give the gift of Bristol Aquarium, you can now purchase an Annual Membership or a Day Ticket. To find out more, head to our Gift Shop page by clicking here.

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