How to have an indulgent yet sustainable Christmas
Christmastime is the most festive time of the year – and we all want to indulge in its celebrations and spend time with family. However, all the plastic decorations, non-recyclable wrapping paper and unwanted gifts add up for a sky-high impact on the environment.
Thankfully, there are many different ways to make the holiday season more sustainable – let us share some of our favourite tips.
Consider the environmental impact of gifts you buy for your loved ones. Gadgets that help them live more sustainably are a great option, experience gifts never disappoint, and you can always explore more sustainable options for products you know they’ll like! Choose things that last and avoid single-use options.
Did you know that you can substantially reduce the impact of your festive meal if you choose more plant-based options? This does not mean you need to go vegan this Christmas – try introducing more alternatives onto your plate, wherever it’s easiest.
Did you know that conventional wrapping paper is not recyclable? What’s more, it’s usually decorated with plastic bows and ribbons which aren’t recyclable either. To have a more sustainable Christmas, wrap gifts in recyclable paper and natural string, old newspaper or reusable fabric wrap.
You don’t need store-bought plastic décor to make your home Christmas-ready! Get a potted (or cut-down) Christmas tree rather than artificial and make use of biodegradable décor – dried orange slices, pinecones, twigs or cinnamon sticks are much more sustainable and cheaper too!
This swap is as simple as buying gifts, food and décor from your local shops, rather than international chains. Local products have a much lower footprint and make your Christmas that much more sustainable.
Do you have any 'top tips' for a sustainable Christmas?