How to be more Eco-friendly this Christmas

December 20, 2021 2 min read

How to be more Eco-friendly this Christmas

 

Invest in a reusable advent calendar

Invest in a reusable advent calendar which can be enjoyed year after year for an eco-friendlier Christmas countdown. You can fill it with a variety of gifts such as handmade chocolates.

Rent a Christmas Tree

Did you know that you could rent a Christmas tree? Real Christmas Trees are more sustainable than artificial ones. In fact, one study concluded you'd have to use your fake fir for 20 years for it to be greener, and the majority aren’t recycled.

So why not rent your Christmas tree this year, and once you are finished your tree can then be replanted to carry on growing. Find out more here.

Buy used toys

Choosing used toys or games is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. For those who have younger children, they won’t be able to tell the difference between new and old toys.

The benefits of buying used toys means toxins and pollutants are not added to the environment and they do not require new resources from the planet or energy to produce. Recycling toys also helps the environment by keeping plastic and fabric out of landfills. Plus you can save a few pennies in the process.

Wrap gifts with recycled paper or fabric

More than half of us re-use last year's wrapping paper, what many of us don't realise though is that many rolls contain non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic.

When it comes to wrapping paper, go for a recycled variety, or simply wrap your presents in brown paper and re-usable ribbon. OR try wrapping gifts with fabric instead, using colourful fabric squares that can be re-used again and again.

Your gifts will look festive and authentic, and you’ll save money too.

Switch to LED Christmas lights

If every UK household swapped a string of incandescent lights for its LED equivalent, we could save more than £11 million and 29,000 tonnes of CO2, just over the 12 days of Christmas.

When it comes to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, LEDs use up to 80% less energy. Switch to solar-powered lights outdoors, and put both sets on a timer. You'll not only make environmental savings but your energy bills will be reduced too.

Send forest-friendly or plantable Christmas cards

For those of us who still love to write a Christmas card, look for cards with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mark. This guarantees the paper has been produced sustainably and ethically. Plantable cards are growing in popularity, too. These cards embedded with seeds are as charming as they are eco-friendly.

Why not also recycle or compost your cards in January or cut them out to create tags for next year.

 



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