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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 can not only be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the more wasteful. The British Heart Foundation teamed up with interior designer, Lynne Lambourne to share her tips and tricks on how to have a more sustainable Christmas.

Regifting

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Shopping second-hand for Christmas presents can be a great way of finding hidden treasures that could be transformed with a bit of upcycling. For example, customising old photo frames and printing a sentimental photo can make a wonderful gift.

Or, if you've been gifted something in the past that you know someone else will love, there's no shame in giving it a better home.

Plan ahead

Do your Christmas shopping for the following year in January – lots of people donate unwanted presents to charity shops that have never been used with labels still intact. 

Grow your own gifts

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Don't be afraid to get green fingered this Christmas. Keep an eye out for stylish second-hand plant pots and customise them to suit your loved one. You could even take it to the next level and plant a tree as a gift – this would be super thoughtful. 

Another great idea is to build your own terrarium – they not only look super stylish but are lovely to give as a gift, too.

Second-hand decs 

Don't waste your money on new decorations when you can find absolute treasures in vintage shops. Glass vases filled with old baubles can look really festive without costing the earth. Also, ask family if they have any hand-me-downs, as they're often effortlessly retro and have sentimental value.

Alternative Christmas trees

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Try to think outside the box for your own Christmas tree this year. Rather than choosing a tree that has been grown and purposefully cut down try an alternative option such as decorating a plant you already have or opting or a second-hand faux version. We've put together a guide to alternative Christmas trees, here.

Secret Santa

Suggest organising a Secret Santa among family and friends to avoid waste and so everyone receives one or two gifts they really like rather than mountains of stuff and lots of unwanted plastic. This will cut down on waste and save money! 

Recyclable décor 

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Try to avoid filling your Christmas table with wasteful plastic and opt for natural materials instead. We love the look of a moss centrepiece, just look at this amazing set up from our Ideal Home Show Christmas dining roomset

Another massive difference you can make is to switch up your Christmas crackers. Keep your eye out for plastic-free, recyclable designs, or ones you can make yourself – take a look at our top picks, here.

 

What are your eco-friendly tips? Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our Instagram

 

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