Results of a Christmas survey by Hastings Adventure Golf.
The team at Hastings Adventure Golf in East Sussex love the festive season and recently carried out a survey which revealed that the majority of adults in Sussex would prefer to receive ‘help’ rather than a gift this Christmas.
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The survey revealed that 75% of those polled said help with dog walking, gardening, babysitting or cleaning is the gift they would prefer to receive this Christmas.
Despite this, 51% said that they generally gift in excess of 20 presents at Christmas, with a further 14% gifting in excess of 40 presents. 45% of respondents said they have no intention of cutting back on the number of presents they buy this year, with almost 9 in ten people (87%) intending to give wrapped gifts, in paper with sellotape.
As a result, Sussex residents will bin up to 136,000 rolls of wrapping paper over the holiday season and around four black bags of gift packaging per household. Nationally that’s 108 million rolls of wrapping paper going to landfill.
Given this, its unsurprising that half of those surveyed agreed that their household generated more waste last Christmas than could fit in their bins.
Hastings Adventure Golf has now launched its Naked Christmas campaign to encourage the reduction of wrapping. The Naked Christmas campaign is hoping to persuade people to give unwrapped gifts this Christmas and help make the festive season less waste producing.
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Simon Tompkins of Hastings Adventure Golf said: “The figures associated with Christmas gift wrapping are astounding. By running this campaign we are hoping to highlight the astounding levels of needless waste and associated landfill costs of using wrapping paper, while outlining ways of solving the situation by giving ‘naked’ or unwrapped gifts. This one small effort alone can make a massive difference. Gift vouchers for experiences or home made vouchers that gift your help make a great alternative.”
Tips on cutting back on the use of packaging and wrapping this Christmas, include:
- Don’t wrap gifts - you can explain to the recipient why
- If you need to wrap - choose your wrapping paper carefully. Not all paper is recyclable and before recycling remove any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows as these cannot be recycled.
- Gift someone your time instead of a present – make your own gift vouchers for babysitting, dog walking, gardening, cleaning.
- Think about vouchers for an experience - these create fun memories - plus the bonus of no waste, no packaging.
For more helpful tips on having a Naked Christmas visit the Hastings Adventure Golf website.
Survey conducted by Hastings Adventure Golf among residents of Sussex in October and November 2019. There were 496 respondents.
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