5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas
With less than a month to go, the Christmas countdown has begun. The holiday period can be a difficult time to navigate with a sustainable conscience, so we’re here to help. Read ahead for our 5 easy steps you can make towards a more eco-friendly Christmas.
1. Get yourself a re-usable advent calendar
Save yourself trying to find the perfect advent every year, and invest in a reusable calendar that you can fill with personalised treats. From wooden designs to fabric garlands, there are so many beautiful options to choose from that will double as a decoration.
2. Rent a tree
It is believed up to 8 million Christmas trees are thrown away each year (GWPGroup), yet studies have also shown artificial trees need to be reused for at least 20 years to be the more sustainable option (Two Sides). So what is a truly green alternative? Introducing rentable Christmas trees! Businesses like Christmas on the Hill will deliver a live, potted tree straight to your door. They will come back to collect it after the Christmas period, and replant it, so its life continues, and it can be used again next year!
3. Wrap gifts in recycled or reusable wrap
A lot of wrapping papers contain materials such as glitter, foil or plastic that makes them non-recyclable, but there are many other eco-friendly options out there. Opt for recyclable, or better yet, recycled papers, re-use wrapping papers from previous years, or repurpose magazines and newspapers. Maybe even consider investing in some fabric wraps that you can use again and again. Support a small business by exploring the wide rage of options available on Etsy.
4. Shop local
Use the abundant amount of shopping that comes with the holiday season to show your support for your local businesses. Search for local farms and butchers to source your Christmas dinner, and shop in your local area when searching for your Christmas gifts.
5. Invest in reusable Christmas crackers
Replace your single use crackers full of rarely used plastic items, with beautiful, re-usable ones that you can personalise to everyone at your Christmas table this year, and all the years to come. Check out Happy Crackers for beautiful, sustainable handcrafted crackers.