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4 Ways to Give More by Giving Less This Christmas

As the Christmas season rapidly approaches, here at Refill Mill we’re putting out a slightly different message than you might expect from your average retailer at any time of year, let alone at this time of year, and that is: 

“Buy Less this Christmas!”.

‘Buy LESS this Christmas?!’, I hear you cry! Has she finally lost the plot? While that’s always a possibility, I don’t believe I have just yet… 

Yes I am running an online shop and yes I am running a business but my values and ethos haven’t changed just because Christmas is approaching. I created Refill Mill to offer a convenient and accessible way to shop for amazing goods that also leave minimal impact on the planet, from manufacture to delivery on your doorstep. 

One of the best ways we can minimise this impact is to simply buy less and only buy what we need. Gifting is a wonderful thing to do - there’s nothing I love more than giving the people I love gifts and seeing their little faces light up. It literally makes my year. But this year I’m going to be gifting a bit differently and here is how:

  1. I’m going to give way fewer presents (especially to the kids) - it’s mostly excess that’s not needed and is forgotten about 5 seconds later. This also creates more appreciation for the few gifts that are received and more time given to enjoying them.
  2. I’m going to give more thoughtfully - I want my recipients to really love and appreciate what I give them, and to know that I have put thought into what they would really love to use, rather than just panic buying another pair of woolly socks.
  3. I’m going to give sustainably - I don’t want the purchasing decisions I make now to negatively impact the planet, and therefore us, in any way at any point.
  4. I’m going to use this time during Lockdown 2.0 to plan ahead and shop from small companies, who desperately need our help this year and who are way better at sustainability than most of the retailing giants.

Christmas is about giving, but let’s do it without taking away the future of our planet as we know it.

So buy less and buy sustainably!

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