Just like every year, this year, we're dreaming of a green Christmas. Can you enjoy Christmas while staying friendly to our planet? Absolutely, here's how:
1. Rent a Christmas tree
For the most eco-friendly Christmas tree option, rent a real Christmas tree. They’re much more sustainable than artificial ones. One study concluded that you'd have to use your fake tree for a whole 20 years for it to be greener…
This year, you could rent a real tree from a British farm. Some let you decorate and care for a tree during the festive period, then they'll pick it up and replant in January. If you buy a tree, please ensure it’s been grown as locally as possible!
2. Wrap gifts with recycled paper or fabric
What many of us don't realise is that many wrapping paper rolls contain non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic.
If you want to know if your wrapping paper can be recycled or not, use the scrunch test. Scrunch up the paper in your hands and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up then it can be recycled but if it unfolds on its own, then it probably contains non-recyclable elements.
Rather than using paper, you can try wrapping gifts with fabric instead. Using colourful fabric squares means that they can be re-used again and again.
3. Invest in a reusable advent calendar
Invest in a reusable advent calendar and fill it with all sorts of gifts. You can even treat your dog to a calendar too. Another great eco-friendly Christmas idea.
4. Reduce your food waste
Most of us are good at using with our leftovers throughout the year, but when Christmas comes, we can be a little more wasteful.
A good way to prevent this would be to buy less, although that can be hard when guests are staying. Food waste apps are always a good option. They allow you to help people in need in your local area.
5. Buy certified 'green' or plastic-free gifts
Many of us often don't know exactly what we're adding to our shopping baskets.
When purchasing gifts, look out for respected eco logos, such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Energy Star and Palm Oil Free.
There are also plenty plastic free stores to shop from.
6. Switch to LED Christmas lights
When it comes to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, LEDs are far better than traditional twinkling incandescent lights, because they use up to 80% less energy.
Switch to solar-powered lights outdoors. You'll not only make good environmental changes but your energy bills will be reduced too.
7.Use plant-based glitter
If you love a bit of sparkle at Christmas time, think about buying a plant-based, vegan glitter. This is much better for the environment and looks just as good!