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.
Image: Recycle-Me wrapping paper,Dunelm
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
Image: Christine Leech
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!
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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.
Plan a meat-free meal
Image: Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan
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.
Make use of leftovers
Image: Maple from Canada
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
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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