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How to host an eco-friendly Christmas

December 14, 2021

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 2021…

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Recyclable or re-usable gift wrap

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!

fabric gift wrap ideas by christine leech from zero waste gift wrap

Photo: Christine Leech

Alternative crackers

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., and check out our pick of the best sustainable crackers on the market here.

 

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Plan a meat-free meal

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. Get some delicious vegetarian and vegan festive main course inspo with the Good Homes round up.

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Photo: Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan

Make use of leftovers

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!

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Photo: Maple from Canada

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 hand-grown gifts to make them truly special. Check out the best gifts for your eco-conscious friends and family and get them ordered in time for the big day!

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