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Each year, Republik wishes to raise awareness about the power of making the right purchase decisions during the Holidays. There is always room for improvement when it comes to responsible shopping practices. To help you navigate your gift shopping this December, we present to you our 5 favorite tips.
Whether it be for convenience or for geographical reasons, online shopping has been widely adopted over the past few years. While this purchasing method is certainly more convenient, what about its environmental impact? Here are the three golden rules to get the most out of this service that is not running out of steam any time soon, especially with the holidays coming up.
Say no to express delivery.
These are partially-filled trucks travelling great distances to deliver your parcels in the shortest possible time. Instead, choose for regular delivery that will optimize the delivery route planning.
Many are accustomed to ordering extra sizes to try at home, but this habit doubles transportation, thus increasing GHG emissions.
Find certified FFP (Frustration Free Packaging).
While buying through platforms such as Amazon is not encouraged, there are ways to identify minimalist packaging or recycled materials. If you are buying from a small business, contact them directly and ask to reduce the amount of bubble wrap or unnecessary cardboard from your order.
Here are a few companies who have gotten creative with their green initiatives.
It’s no secret that postal services are swamped during the weeks preceding the holidays. Knowing that a good majority of Quebecers will favour online shopping, plan your purchases earlier than usual to avoid delays.
In conjunction with point #1 about fast delivery and its impact on the environment, we must also consider small businesses. They deal with reduced staff, arduous supply management, and overwhelming demand anticipation during these busy times. The best act of kindness you can offer is to plan your purchases to give them a moment’s rest before New Year’s Eve.
The last two years were far from being uneventful: our daily lives were marked by major upheavals that have highlighted social issues that demand our attention. Because we dream of a society that leaves no room for discrimination and injustice, in 2021 we continued the dialogue by talking about racism, grossophobia, inclusiveness, diversity, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you want to take concrete action to encourage this vision of a new tomorrow and the communities associated with them, here are a few gift suggestions.
Take some time to reflect on your present. Think about the message you are sending through it, and feel free to write it on the card to whom you are giving it. After all, it’s the ideal occasion to discuss these topics.
The last two years have helped to bring to light why buying local is so important. In order to continue to encourage local businesses, we’re sharing with you a few reasons why it’s still a good idea to choose gifts that were made in Quebec:
To make informed decisions or to learn more about the concept of buying local, we invite you to take a look at our article on the subject. Don’t know where to start? Check out these websites: Signé local, Le Panier Bleu, and Aliments Québec.
Is your gift really useful? How long will it last?
Before buying your gift, make sure to ask yourself these questions to avoid making purchases that cause more harm to our planet. The good news is that there’s no lack of imagination when it comes to sustainable gift ideas.
With this in mind, here are our gift options that will benefit the planet and the people who receive them.
Overall, take the time to select your gifts. You’ll be rewarded with a smile, but also knowing that you made a small—but meaningful impact.