Thoughtful gift giving is a great way to reduce waste and be mindful of the environment. Show appreciation for your loved ones in an eco-friendly way with these top tips!

Tips for eco-friendly gift giving

  1. Wrap with care. Use eco-friendly wrapping options like biodegradable wrapping paper, old newspapers, or reusable bags and boxes. If possible, keep your used wrap so it can be repurposed for future gift giving!
  2. Consider regifting. If you have something you never use and think someone else would appreciate it, consider giving it to them so it doesn’t go to waste. Regifting is a great way to reduce waste and clutter in your home.
  3. Avoid gifting clutter. Think about gifting items that can be used multiple times and won’t end up collecting dust on a shelf or in a closet.
  4. Buy local. Buying from local artisans and craftspeople is a great way to reduce and support your local community.
  5. Make, don’t buy. Homemade gifts are often the most thoughtful, eco-friendly, and inexpensive.
  6. Group your errands. If you’re buying multiple gifts, try and group your trips to the store or bundle your online orders. This can save gas and reduce emissions from transportation.

Where to go for more information

Check out the Competition Bureau’s information on environmental claims and greenwashing for more tips to stay vigilant about the environment as a consumer.

Your rights in BC

Buying a gift card for a loved one? We oversee aspects of BC’s gift card laws. Learn which gift cards are allowed to expire in BC on our gift card consumer help page.

Are you shopping online for gifts? In BC, online purchases are considered a type of contract. These contracts entitle you to certain cancellation rights. Learn more about online purchases in BC.

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