A new mom with a successful career who could afford to splash out at Christmas has decided to rent her child’s presents instead this year.
Mom-of-one, Patsy Sandys, 35, an investment director earning a six-figure income, was determined to live more sustainably after she gave birth in August 2020.
Patsy lives in Clapham, South West London, England, with her husband Mark, 43, a fellow investment principle, and their son, Conor, one.
She is renting her party outfits, buying secondhand tech and even hiring and returning her little boy’s presents this year.
Patsy decided to transform the most decadent time of year – Christmas – by swapping luxurious gifts for making family memories and finding ingenious hacks to avoid buying new items.
“I think wealth can almost get in the way of environmentally conscious decisions, as people think ‘Oh, well I can afford it, so I’ll just buy it’,” she said.
“I think although last year was very hard for some people, it really made us appreciate that Christmas is about more than flashy gifts.”
For Patsy, it all began with a dress, when she said: “I first rented a dress for a night out. I now rent clothes for events about once every few months – especially for a big business meeting or even a party coming up.
“I think there’s been a strong attitude shift in the last year in terms of being sustainable.” She observed as saving the planet has become a priority across the world.
“I think people are more open to secondhand presents and creating less waste.
“It’s an exciting time and I just can’t wait to celebrate this Christmas as waste free as possible.” Patsy explained.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.
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