Ahh the joys of Christmas. It is the most amazing time of the year isn’t it, but also the most wasteful. I’m all about doing my fair share to help the environment, so this year I want to try my best to be a little more sustainable. I have taken/plan to take a few measures to make that happen, and I really wanted to distribute my knowledge out to you on How to be Sustainable at Christmas.
Be Mindful of How you Wrap Gifts
We all love our gifts to be wrapped in the highest quality, most festive wrapping paper. But it’s about time we become a little more mindful on how to we wrap our presents. Did you know that wrapping paper containing foiled decoration cannot be recycled? Although it looks beautiful, it’s really bad for the environment. You can find really intricate and festive wrapping paper from various retailers, simply by searching Recyclable Wrapping Paper in to Google. I’ll list some of my favourites for you below.
- Kraft Snowy Trees Christmas Wrapping Paper – Paperchase
- Kraft White Trees Christmas Wrapping Paper – Paperchase
- Walolo 11x Large Sheets Christmas Wrapping Paper – Amazon
Stop Buying New Decorations Every Year
I understand that we like to switch things up each Christmas, but try to avoid purchasing new decorations every year and stop tossing the old ones. If you are fed up of your old decorations, donate them to a charity shop rather than throwing them in the bin. If you simply NEED new decorations, shop from environmentally friendly stores like Protect the Planet. They have plenty of gorgeous eco-friendly Christmas decorations and fair-trade recycled glass baubles.
Shop Small this Christmas
Small businesses are struggling more than ever this year. Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing from your local small businesses. You’re not only helping the environment, but supporting your community as well. I have put together my very own small business gift guide here. If you are from Liverpool or the surrounding areas, Independent Liverpool have created The Independent Liverpool Christmas Shopping Guide, featuring plenty of gift ideas from a plethora of different catagories, including Art, Food and Drink, Books and Music etc.
Reduce Food Waste
This is definitely the most obvious, stop buying food that you won’t eat. I know that is easier said than done at Christmas, but try not to buy 50 tins of Quality Street just because they’re on offer. Make sure you purchase food that has a long use by date, so you have more of an opportunity to eat it over the festive period. Buy food which can be frozen, it will last much longer so you’re less likely to waste it.
I’m about to self-promote again and share my 2020 Christmas Gift Guide with you for the second time in this post. I have a section on Sustainable Gifts to buy this Christmas from a bunch of eco-friendly brands, including Brushbox and KIND2. Buying sustainable gifts mean that your carbon footprint is reduced, and you would also be learning your friends and family on how to become more sustainable too. You could also handmake your own gifts if you’re creativity!
I hope you have found this post useful and have learnt some new ways to become more sustainable at Christmas. These 5 ways to be sustainable don’t just apply to Christmas, but can be used throughout the year when shopping for gifts for all occasions. Are you planning on a more sustainable Christmas?
Until Another Day x