Tips to make Christmas more sustainable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Mother Nature! Over Christmas we create a shocking amount of waste and this is incredibly damaging for the environment.

Here’s some tips on how to reduce your waste this Christmas and enjoy a more sustainable festive period!

Buy meaningful presents
Try and pick presents for your loved ones that you know they’ll treasure for years to come. It’s easy to panic buy cheap trinkets at the last minute but these are often thrown away without a second thought before next year’s Christmas!. It’s more sustainable to buy something that will last. Alternatively, purchase second hand items to avoid contributing to the increasing demand and manufacturing of products

Shop locally
Support your local businesses! Instead of buying the bulk of your presents from big corporations selling imported products that have used many air miles to arrive under your Christmas tree, check out local stores for items that haven’t travelled far, thus reducing your carbon footprint.

Think about a sustainable tree
Purchase a re-usable fake tree or seek out eco-conscious companies when in the market for a Christmas tree

No more wrapping paper! Eco-friendly wrapping, fabric wrapping, e-cards
Try eco-friendly recycled/recyclable wrapping paper, or fabric wrapping – this requires a little more investment but the result is beautiful and can be used again and again! And save, some trees (and time!) by sending out e-card instead of traditional Christmas cards. This way, you won’t look like you’ve forgotten anyone – or the climate crisis!