How to have a green and guilt-free Christmas
With climate change becoming a greater threat every day, there’s no better time than the present to do your bit to save our planet this Christmas. Here are six tips that’ll hopefully help you be that little bit greener this festive season.
Buying gifts for your loved ones can be tricky, not to mention exhausting! If you’re stuck on what to get your friends and family this year, why not have a go at making your own gifts? By handmaking your presents, you won’t use as much plastic, you can re-use items found in your home, and you have fun whilst making a heartfelt gift for a loved one. Result!
Pick your paper
The excitement before tearing open your gifts on Christmas Day is just too much, sometimes unbearable. However, this year you should try your hardest to unwrap them carefully, so you can re-use the paper for next year or another special day. Another handy tip is to make sure you’re buying recycled wrapping paper, and always avoid buying the shiny stuff at all costs (which can’t be recycled).
‘Tis the season to treecycle
If you haven’t already, make sure you choose an environmentally-friendly Christmas tree. There are some amazing artificial trees out there for just a fraction of the price of a real tree, and they last for years! Alternatively, if you’re going for the real deal, keep an eye out for the FSC-certification logo and don’t forget to correctly treecyle your Christmas tree when it’s time to take it down.
Don’t overdo the Christmas lights
Christmas lights may look pretty, however leaving them on for sustained periods of time is really damaging to our planet. Try to use LED bulbs (which use less energy and last ten times longer) and limit their switch-on time.
There’s no denying that everyone loves a Christmas dinner. Whether your family is made up of carnivores, vegetarians or vegans, try and persuade your parents that all meat, vegetables, chocolate, everything, should be organic and/or Fairtrade. It tastes SO much better, too! If you're not sure where to shop ethically, remember that Iceland has pledged to ditch palm oil (a big driver of mass deforestation) from all of its own brand products, so is a safe bet when shopping for bread, spread, crisps and more.
Don’t bin your dinner
Food wastage during the Christmas period is staggering in the UK, so please don’t be persuaded to chuck it in the bin because you haven’t got enough room in the fridge! You can make delicious recipes from Christmas leftovers, and it makes the most wonderful time of the year last that little bit longer. Alternatively, you could spread some Christmas cheer and offer your leftovers to the homeless.