The best ecological and animal-friendly tips for going green this holiday season
But is it possible to spend a green holiday, joyful and always imbued with precious family traditions? According to Candice Batista, eco-expert and ambassador of World Animal Protection Canada, he is. Small adjustments to your annual holiday traditions or the start of new, lasting traditions can be fun and will also benefit the environment, animals and people.
“The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate. The downside to these gatherings is the huge amount of garbage. It is estimated that Canadians produce 25% more waste during the holidays. The main contributors are food waste and holiday packaging. This waste goes to our landfills and not only has a negative impact on the environment, it also poses physical and toxicological threats to our wildlife. This year, we need to be more attentive to the impact of our celebrations on the environment and on others and look for ways to achieve a waste-free vacation, ”says Candice Batista.
In 2001, Batista went green and now devotes his time to making sustainable living accessible to everyone. This holiday season, she’s sharing her top five eco-friendly and animal-friendly party tips, including:
- Plan ahead to reduce waste – Holidays are a time of excess. Plan holiday meals and gifts in advance to reduce waste. Make a list before you head to the grocery store or department store to make sure you buy only what you need to help reduce food and materialistic waste.
- Eat less meat. Eat more plants – replace traditional meat dishes with healthier, plant-based dishes. The plant-based meal choices are limitless and delicious! Most of the meat, milk and eggs in grocery stores come from industrial agriculture, a key driver of animal suffering and greenhouse gas emissions. If you choose meat for the festive table, download World Animal Protection Guide to understand what the most common food labels mean for animal welfare in order to make more thoughtful food choices.
- Animals are not gifts – bringing a dog or cat home from a shelter for the holidays can be wonderful – if it’s for you and your family. But a pet should never be given as a gift to others. The intention can be good, but if the recipient is not able to properly care for the animal, it could lead to abandonment of the animal or to the suffering of the animal. Also, never buy lizards, birds, or other exotic animals, as they are wild and not suitable as pets. To help stop the sale of exotic animals in pet stores across Canada, please visit this petition.
- Give a gift that gives back – during the pandemic, many Canadians realized how much they already had. Instead of donating another unwanted item, donate to the charity of your choice. By donating to a charity like World Animal Protection, you are helping governments, businesses and people end cruelty and suffering to animals. It is a gift of well-being that keeps on giving.
- Go green for new year’s eve – start the new year on the right foot by ensuring a healthy 2022 for all by avoiding single-use balloons, banners and noise generators or dishes on your New Year’s Eve party. Not only do they end up in the landfill by the end of the week, but the thrown balloons are often mistaken for food by wildlife or they get tangled in the strings, resulting in a fatal injury.
About World Animal Protection
From our offices around the world, including China, Brazil, Kenya, and Canada, we move the world to protect animals. Last year, we gave more than 220 million animals a better life through our campaigns that focus on animals in the wild, animals in disaster, animals in communities and animals in the wild. ‘Agriculture. For more information visit www.worldanimalprotection.ca
SOURCE World Animal Protection
For more information: or to request an interview with Ms. Batista, please contact: Margaret W. Batuszkin, [email protected]