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Stress-free Christmas

Tips for stress-free Christmas

stress-free Christmas
Tips for stress-free Christmas

Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market does not stand only for a sustainable consumption, but also for a sustainable lifestyle. In our view this includes the minimalistic use of objects and careful use of time. This refers to the composition of the pre-Christmas season and the scrupulous dealing of Christmas presents.

stress-free Christmas: Advent is supposed to be a peaceful time
Advent is supposed to be a peaceful time

In the Advent season Christians prepare for the arrival of Christus. The Advent period was supposed to be a peaceful, cosy and joyful time, regardless of the religious ethos. Especially the winter and the dark season are well suited to shift down a gear, to hold communion with oneself and to pay attention to dear fellows. But the opposite is true: Christmas time is stress.

The hunt for Christmas presents is opened

In the current consumer society, however, the Advent season is preparing for Christmas in such a way that many people go on the hunt for Christmas presents. Furthermore people go on errands such as cheap (and sometimes toxic) Christmas decoration from China, Christmas roast from factory farming, Christmas carp, standardized Christmas cards, Christmas wreath from discounters, candles, Christmas trees from the DIY market and buying groceries on stock. Baking cookies, decorate christmassy the apartment, wrap gifts and send Christmas cards and New Year’s wishes, supplement the pre-Christmas stress. And no later than on 27th December are all glad when it’s all over. And one or the other gift is exchanged or some days later it is already defective.

Free yourself from the festive collective stress

But do we have to take part every year in Christmas consumption binge? Have to? Hardly likely. As responsible citizens, we can decide not to follow the Christmas consumption frenzy and collective stress like every day in our lives. Whoever deliberately consumes over the whole year, can also do at Christmas!

There are many things that cost nothing and yet are ecologically valuable and sustainable. We only need to bother ourselves about it and leave unnoticed the solutions offered to us by advertising. Those who manage to get rid of all the angel like praised needs at Santa Claus and Christmas, can actually enjoy Advent as the quietest time of the year and the Christmas holidays.

The following proposals are less to save money, but in your own interest to bring yourself stress-free Christmas. And to act in terms of sustainability and to think about what could make happy the recipient. Continue reading Stress-free Christmas

Alternative Gift Ideas

Alternative Gift Ideas for Christmas and other opportunities

The online marketplace Greenpicks for ecological and sustainable products offers opportunity for conscious consumption – alternative gift ideas for Christmas and other opportunities.

In the Advent season some people may be wondering how to escape the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy and instead may get meaningful Christmas presents.
Taking up the issue consciously, soon comes up the desire to consume sustainably in the festive season. In this way, seeking out the gifts already brings joy and does not become a painful duty.

Because with alternative gift ideas you take into account the different aspects of sustainability at the same time. Be it the conservation of our planet through the use of ecological materials and the environmentally friendly production. Or the appreciation of already used discarded objects, as it is the case with Upcycling. Also the fair and equitable treatment and payment of the producers may be reflected in the gifts consciously selected.

So the joy is spread equally to recipient, giver and manufacturers. And the white Christmas becomes a green Christmas.

Here are a few examples for concretization and inspiration for alternative gift ideas:


There are exceptional bags that are made artfully in a specific folding technique from old food packages such as chocolate or snack packaging in the shop of franksArt. Upcycling bags in all shapes and sizes can also be found in the shops of Marron Rouge und Ragbag. Here, for example, tea big packs, bicycle innertubes and tires or recycled seatbelts are the starting material.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Shoulderbag of recycled foil ©ragbag
Alternative Gift Ideas
Messenger Bag made of recycled safety belt and inner tube © Marron Rouge

Wooden Eco Toys

Alternative Gift Ideas
Wooden Eco Toys ©VARIS

Wood instead of plastic. This is very beneficial especially for the health and development of children. A nice selection of wooden eco toys presents the company VARIS toys from Latvia in the store of promavis. The constructions sets and stacking blocks are made of high quality birch wood 100 % FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.


Alternative Gift Ideas
ajaa! storage box made of bioplastics © ajaa

Although plastic boxes last long in the household, eventually they have served their time. This point in time can be used to change to bioplastics. Great products from Biodora and ajaa! are in store of promavis und Monalito. Products of bioplastics are made of renewable resources and without harmful plasticizers.

Organic Fashion

Alternative Gift Ideas
Elegant Tunic made of organic cotton ©MYBH

Who wants to give a slightly more elegant new favorite, will make a find in the store of MAY YOU BE HAPPY. In winter it belongs on the head: Beanies from organic wool, happily knitted by rotlilie. And if the shoes already have holes, then you can take a look at the cool hemp sneakers from Grand Step Shoes in the shop of variomondo. The materials for eco fashion come from certified organic farming, GOTS certified or fair trade wool.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Organic Hemp Sneaker ©Grand Step Shoes
Alternative Gift Ideas
Beanie eco wool ©rotlilie