Tips for a more sustainable Christmas

With sustainability on everyone's mind we thought it might be a good time to draw up a little list of ideas for ways to make your Christmas more eco-friendly. Take a look and see if any sound like the kind of switch that might slot into your Christmas preparation traditions easily.

Decorations

Have you ever thought about creating some homemade decorations? 
Try drying some orange slices and decorating with cloves... they’ll look and smell lovely hanging from the tree or sitting on a wreath. (It’s super easy, simply slice some oranges 1-2cm thick and pop them on a rack in a low oven at 120°F for 2-3 hours) 
Or you could try m
aking some gingerbread, you can go all out and create a full house, or create something a little smaller and hang them on the tree. Go for a forage and see what you can find, pinecones and holly are great materials for crafting at this time of year.
 

Use Candles and LED lights 

Everyone loves to see twinkling lights at Christmas, but this year think about buying natural wax candles to create that cosy atmosphere, or going for LED bulbs to save energy, they often use less than 1% of the power needed in traditional lights. 

Christmas cards & gift tags.

If you are keeping the Christmas card tradition alive make sure they are printed on responsibly sourced card, or if you want to send Christmas wishes in a different way, why not send an ecard, or give them a call and have a chat. 
Save up any cards you do receive and chop them up the following year to make gift tags! 

Wrapping paper 

Look for paper that can be recycled, if you are not sure the ‘scrunch test’ will tell you – if the paper holds its shape when scrunched then it is recyclable. If paper springs back, it is not. 
Steer clear of shiny metallic wrapping paper and gift wrap with glitter. 
You could also try some tape free wrapping techniques, there are lots of helpful videos online. 
 
Gifts could be wrapped in fabric too – make sure it’s organic, or made from sustainable materials and it’s dyed with non-toxic dyes. For more information look up look up furoshiki – the Japanese art-form of wrapping gifts in fabric. It can look so pretty and be used again and again!! 

Food 

Choose organic produce where you can, this reduces the impact of fertilisers and pesticides on the environment so, the products not only taste great but, are better for the environment.  
Eat with the seasons and buy locally produced products, this reduces the energy that might have been spent growing foods out of season or shipping goods to the UK. 

Reduce food waste by planning your menus in advance and buy just what you need, find recipes for leftovers so little is left to go to waste. (There are some great ones from BBC Good Food here) Remember food can be stored in tubs or covered in foil or wax cloth covers to keep it fresh, as an alternative to cling film. 

Presents

Try to think sustainably, what does the person NEED, think about the materials that it is made from, where is it madeWill it have more than one use? Think quality not quantity! You could try gifting an experience or doing Secret Santa with friends or family so fewer gifts are bought. Finally avoid buying novelty gifts.  

Dressing for the festive season

Where you can, wear things you already own. Or ask family and friends to borrow something. You can also look in charity shops or on resale apps/sites. Or if buying new, shop from brands that use organic cotton, or sustainable materials. 

 

We hope you have found this blog interesting, have fun trying some of our sustainable Christmas tips, let us know how you get on! 

Merry Christmas!