Written by Hugh Metcalf

How to host an eco-friendly Christmas

Cut down on waste and have an eco-friendly Christmas this year. Take a look at some of our top sustainable tips.

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Christmas is a magical time of year, but it can also be wasteful in abundance. However, there are ways to reduce your consumption and make eco-friendly choices at this time of year.

Here’s some top tips for Christmas 2020.

Recyclable or re-usable gift wrap

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In recent years, there’s been better awareness about the environmental issues caused by wrapping paper – more specifically, those that are non-recyclable and use glitter. Recyclable wrapping paper is becoming the new norm, but there’s also a growing trend for alternative wrapping.

The Japanese craft of Furoshiki has been touted as one alternative, using fabric wrapped in intricate bows; however, for a range of crafty ideas for wrapping presents without using paper, try Christine Leech‘s Zero Waste Gift Wrap book, published by David & Charles. These cute gift bags are made from old shirts!

Alternative crackers


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Crackers can be environmentally unfriendly, with glitter and plastic gifts the main culprits. How clever is this idea by blogger Cate St Hill, made using fabric and a cardboard tube? Find the tutorial here.

Read more: Sustainable swap: plastic-free Christmas crackers

Plan a meat-free meal

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We all know by now that reducing our meat intake can make a small difference in our personal carbon footprint. While the family ay not want to forego their turkey dinner, why not factor in one meat-free meal over the festive period.

Read more: Best vegetarian and vegan Christmas dinner mains 2020

Make use of leftovers

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Food waste is a huge environmental issue, but even more so at Christmas when entertaining multiple guests. Make sure you’re ready with some brilliant recipes to make use of leftovers!

Read more: 4 delicious Christmas leftover recipes

Give thoughtfully

Christmas gifts are a great way to show you care, but make sure you don’t waste money or create waste by giving to friends and family thoughtfully. Think of must-have presents, or gift vouchers, handmade or handgrown gifts to make them truly special.


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