Have Yourself a Sustainable Christmas

Imagine this: Christmas songs playing as you walk through the street, coming home to a lit up Christmas tree and drinking mulled wine by the fire. It sounds wonderful, and the best thing is that you don’t have to imagine it – the holiday season is upon us once again!

However, our consumption and waste rates around Christmas time are much higher than other times of the year. Since societies are looking for eco-friendly alternatives these days, we thought of a few ways that those eco-conscious families can make their Christmas sustainable.

1. Make Homemade Gifts

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!

2. Use Recycled Wrapping Paper

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?

3. Think Long-Term

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.

4. Opt for an Alternative Christmas Tree

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.

5. Green Travel

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.

As you can see, there are so many ways we can enjoy Christmas at the same time as doing our bit to help reduce pollution and waste!

And, as Michael Buble says, have yourself a Merry (and sustainable) Christmas!

The above article was published on 3rd December 2021, and is subject to change and further guidance.