Sustainable Citizen: Conscious Consumer
Written by Plant With Purpose on November 20, 2015 in Sustainable Citizen
We can all agree that Christmas is a time of giving, an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family through warm gatherings and thoughtful gifts. Traditions are honored, some highlighting the true spirit of Christmas, and others manifestations of a society built on consumerism. Below are some tips on having a conscientious Christmas and being a sustainable citizen.
BLACK FRIDAY MEETS #GIVINGTUESDAY
The four-day weekend from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday has come to be known as Black Friday Weekend with the shopping frenzy becoming a holiday of its own. Last year consumer spending on Black Friday Weekend hit $50.9 billion. There is nothing wrong with snatching a few promising deals but what if part of the weekend was focused on giving back?
That is exactly what #GivingTuesday is all about. Tuesday, December 1, charities, businesses, community centers, and individuals around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and to give. Check out what Plant With Purpose will be this #GivingTuesday! We’re raising funds for 10 family gardens. If you’re available, come volunteer with us at Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
TRANSITIONING TRADITIONAL GIFT GIVING TO
GIFTS OF HOPE
Last year U.S. consumers spent an average of $781 on Christmas gifts. To many people, the holiday season consists of significantly higher spending as an expression of love. Christmas ads tell us the more we spend on someone, the more we value them but we know this to be untrue.
Recognizing that presents are not the most important part of Christmas, allows gift giving to be a fun and gratifying. What if you determined to be a responsible gift giver? What if you gave gifts that said “Merry Christmas” without perpetuating the pattern of consumption while blessing more than one person?
Plant With Purpose’s Gifts of Hope allow you to do just that! Instead of buying your in-law a gift card they might never use, your friend that sweater that may or may not be their color, and your mom her ninetieth tree ornament, why not donate a gift to a family that is truly in need? Try pairing one of these alternative gifts with a thoughtful card or a homemade treat. There is something for everyone on your list: savings groups, chickens, family gardens, discipleship, and trees just to name a few.
DECK A CHRISTMAS TREE, PLANT A TREE
For many, decking a Christmas trees is an essential holiday traditions. Last year 26.1 million live Christmas trees and 13.9 million fake Christmas trees were sold in the U.S. with a combined retail value of $2.23.
While a decorative Christmas tree might be well worth its price in nostalgia and holiday cheer, imagine how much our partnering farmers value the trees that quite literally provide life. For just one dollar, you can give the gift of a fruit-bearing tree to a hungry family. While a Christmas tree can be enjoyed in its season, contributing a tree to a family in need provides sustained hope.
Thanks for reading some of our thoughts on shifting traditions to be a sustainable citizen.