The amount of waste produced at Christmas is one tradition that needs to change.
Figures published last year revealed a shocking level of food simply being thrown out. The British public binned 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and a staggering 74 million mince pies. Large amounts of tin foil and glass were also discarded – 4,500 tonnes and 13,350 tonnes respectively.
Excess doesn’t have to be synonymous with Christmas. With a bit of thought and care, this festive season can be both sustainable and fun.
Decorate your home with British flora
Instead of decking the halls with plastic plants, opt for a greener option – literally. Not only do real plants look and smell much better than their artificial equivalents, they can be popped onto the compost heap once you’re finished with them.
As well as holly garlands and sprigs of pine cones, drape a garland of dry hops over the mantelpiece or wrap ivy round the banister. Visit your local farm shop or garden centre to see what they have on offer.
Check the wrapper
Before you throw away packaging, read the label to see if it can be recycled. Many varieties of sweets are actually wrapped in biodegradable plastic while the foil can be put in your recycling bin. The brightly-coloured wrappers could also be saved for future craft project with your children.
Think about what Christmas cards you’re buying
Christmas cards are another festive paper product that causes an incredible amount of waste. Around 1 million cards are thrown away each year.
For a more sustainable way of spreading Christmas cheer, buy recycled cards or make your own. Why not send one of our Christmas cards made from straw? See our selection of greeting cards here.
The focal point of Christmas Day is the feast. However, as mentioned at the start of this article, an enormous amount of food is thrown away every year. Ensure every spud, sprout and parsnip gets eaten by only buying what you need.
By buying locally, you’re supporting local producers whilst reducing your carbon foot print. Avoid plastic packaging and purchase vegetables loose.
Add some vintage sparkle to your tree
Adorn your Christmas with retro baubles. Not only do they look fabulous, second hand decorations are a much more sustainable way to shop. Seek them out in charity shops or jumble sales. There’s also still time to get creative and make some decorations of your own.