Not only are homemade gifts much more personal and unique, they also result in less waste. You can gift things such as body scrub, candles, photo album, coasters, and way more. They’re more meaningful as you’ve put time into it, and you might even learn a new skill!
Possibly the most obvious idea of a green Christmas is to reuse old wrapping paper that you’ve been gifted before. Sometimes the excitement of opening presents means that the wrapping paper is ripped and therefore not in good enough condition to reuse. In this case, why not utilise old newspaper as a way to wrap Christmas gifts?
Choosing presents that will last as opposed to short-term stocking fillers is a great way to reduce Christmas waste. Gifts such as houseplants or useful tools are perfect examples of this.
Instead of buying a new Christmas tree each year, why not use an item you already have in your house, such as a small tree or houseplant? This way you spend less money and there’s less to tidy in the New Year.
Of course, Christmas is the time of year when most of us drive longer distances to see our families, which means as a whole we create more pollution than usual. Taking public transport for the smaller journeys you have to make around this time of year can help bring this level down.