Make way for a green, sustainable Christmas this year with eco-friendly swaps for traditional materials and a zero-waste holiday season. After all, White Christmases are SO last season! Whether you shop smart, reduce waste, or use the latest technology to help you, having a green Christmas is very achievable. Here are some tips to make this holiday season a sustainable one.
Use A Real Tree
While plastic trees last longer, they are horrible to the environment and are made with toxic chemicals. When you eventually get rid of it, they are hard to recycle and take even longer to decompose. Instead, opt to turn a house plant into your Christmas tree. It doesn’t matter if it’s tropical, and doesn’t look anything like the snowy fairytale-esque image you’re so used to, it’ll definitely make you a hit on Instagram.
Think About Your Decorations
Give up your old plastic baubles and swap them with ornaments made with sustainable and recycled materials. Dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks make great tabletop decorations, and knitted or fabric-based baubles look amazing on a tree. You could even try to DIY your way into some enviable Christmas trinkets.
Switch To LED Christmas Lights
You could save 29,000 tonnes of CO2 during the 12 days of Christmas just by switching to LED equivalents of your fairy lights. They are eco-friendly, and they use 80% less energy. And when you receive your monthly electricity bills, you’ll receive your very own Christmas miracle!
Don’t Panic Shop
We know you want to gift everyone you love with something memorable, that showcases just how much you care for them. But whatever you do, don’t panic buy gift after gift which will eventually end up being thrown out or left unused. Instead, make your gift count by picking a gift that lasts and that is also certified plastic-free where possible.
Buying products made locally not only means you reduce the carbon footprint created by all the shipping, you also get to help support small businesses which, in turn, will help create a sustainable local economy. What a win-win situation.
If you can’t find anything long-lasting or local, consider making gifts for your friends and family – whether it is getting your kid to create a one-of-a-kind customised card, gifting handmade cookies (or any food item really.) It will show your friends and family just how much they mean to you when you put in an effort to make something rather than buying it from a store.
Use Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
You know that pile of newspapers just lying in a corner gathering dust? Say hello to your new wrapping paper. Swap ribbons for twine, and add a fresh sprig or even a flower. If you insist on using wrapping paper, buy ones that are recyclable.
Little things and small swaps go a long way in making a difference, and reducing your environmental footprint during this festival season. Which of these Sustainable Christmas options will you try? Don’t forget to read the rest of our Sustainability 101 series on this blog.
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