How to have an eco-Christmas
Buying gifts can be a challenge at the best of times, but don’t panic! Making sure you give planet-friendly presents isn’t as tough as you might think – here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Look out for gifts that come with as little packaging as possible, or at least some you can recycle.
- Why not put together a zero-waste kit? Think about including things like a portable cup, a metal or bamboo straw, or some wax food wraps! Look for more ideas in our shop.
- Make something yourself! You can choose your own packaging, and the personal effort makes a gift priceless!
Wrapping it up
Of course, choosing the gift is just the beginning – think before you wrap it up:
- Shiny wrapping paper is pretty, but it’s not recyclable! The same goes for glittery paper. Use brown paper for a lovely vintage look.
- Sellotape is made of plastic, but don’t panic! You can get brown paper tape, or get creative with some ribbon or string. Better yet, go for a reusable option like a box, bag, or cloth!
- Don’t forget your Christmas cards while you’re at it – the same rules go for glittery and shiny cards! Watch out for the plastic wrappers too, so try to find ones sold loose or packaged differently, or have a go at making your own! (Bonus points for recycling last year's cards!)
Avoid throwaway plastic, go homemade, and keep wildlife in mind. It’ll add a sweet personal touch that’ll mean the world to someone this Christmas!
We waste a lot of food throughout the year but figures reach a high over Christmas!
- Don't buy too much. Plan meals so you know how much food you'll need.
- Compost vegetable waste.
- Eat your leftovers. Some of the tastiest meals are made from yesterday's food.
Chances are you have a magical cupboard at home full of sparkly Christmas decorations that come out every year. If so, great! Make the most of what you have and don’t throw them out unless you have to! BUT, if you want to add something new, make sure you think first!
- Avoid tinsel! Those little bits that end up sprinkled all over the house are plastic. So why not have a go at making your own decorations? How about some bunting, origami or pinecone decorations.
- A Christmas tree is usually the centre of attention. Getting a pot grown tree means you can reuse it year on year. Other options include getting a pre-loved fake tree or renting a tree.
- If you’re decorating outside, there are plenty of ways to get creative for nature. You could make your very own wreath that’ll feed the birds as well as looking great!
- Remember to turn off your Christmas lights overnight and when you are out the house to save energy.