Glin Library’s Booktree and Snowman is being much admired. If you haven’t seen it please do visit. Any special requests for books for Christmas will be attended to as quickly as possible so please let me know. The following are some tips on how to avoid waste and keep our environment healthy during the season.
Environmental COUNTDOWN to help you have a greener Christmas
- Cut down on what you buy
We think we love to see piles of presents under the tree, however more isn’t always better. Be considerate – think about what you are buying and where you are buying it from.
- Buy local
Buy local and support Limerick businesses and crafts people.
- Choose Fairtrade
2016 marked Limerick’s 11th year as a Fairtrade City. Tea, Coffee, chocolate, coco, bananas are just some of the Fairtrade products you can choose to put into your festive shopping basket.
- Give more
Giving presents doesn’t mean giving “stuff”. Give experiences such as tickets for a show, event or classes. Consider a charity donation in someone’s name.
Choose recycled gifts
Buying gifts made from materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill is another great way to give something great, and help the earth at the same time.
- Use up leftovers
The best way to prevent food waste is to plan ahead for using leftovers from your fabulous festive feasts. Make soups from leftover Christmas vegetables, and sandwiches and curries from turkey and ham.
- Recycle your tree
Real trees have lower carbon footprints than artificial Christmas trees. Chose a real tree and recycle it at one of Limerick City and County Council New Year collection points. If you have an artificial tree at home you would need to re-use it for at least 10 Christmases to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree.
- Reimagine your new year’s resolution for 2017
Commit to one thing that will help our environment. Take part in Team Limerick Clean Up3. Upcycle a piece of furniture in your home. Rethink, reimagine, restore, recreate, reduce reuse & recycle.