Have yourself a waste-free Christmas

GRAB Trust's Terry Donovan and LORI site supervisor Gordon Erskine with baskets of bargain baubles ready to be reused this Christmas.

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The GRAB Trust is encouraging households around Oban to go waste free this Christmas with handy tips and festive ideas good for the pocket and the environment.

Terry Donovan, the charity’s new Beaches and Marine Litter Project Officer, hopes schools, families and the community will be inspired.

‘With a bit of thought you can reduce your waste, save money and make a statement the whole family will love,’ said Terry who is encouraging people to head to charity shops or the Lorn and Oban Reuse Initiative (LORI) up at Moleigh to see what pre-loved goods can be re-cycled into presents.

Millions of presents are exchanged each year and many are never used, ending up in landfill so vouchers for an experience gift or a meal might be a good alternative, said Terry. BID4Oban has Love Oban vouchers.

‘Challenge yourself to shop locally, buy recycled and handmade items where possible and avoid plastics, especially non-recyclable plastics and plastic packaging. Don’t forget to take your reusable bags shopping with you!’ she added.

Decorations can be made out of natural materials from the garden that can then be returned to the wild and to save on the six million Christmas trees discarded in the UK after Christmas, creating more than 9,000
tonnes of additional waste – why not buy a second-hand artificial tree or have a go at making your own, suggests Terry.

Think if the cards you send are necessary, especially if you regularly see those people, try out newspaper and old magazines for wrapping and try to avoid sticky tape if you can. When it comes to food and drink, shop local and try to avoid packaging where you can.

‘We wish you a very happy, plastic free, pre-loved, creative, natural Christmas,’ said Terry.