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I’ve been really excited about writing this blog post because the more I think about it, the more ideas I get! In the past few years, I have tried to add in little ways to be more eco-friendly. In this guide, I’ll be sharing some ideas and products for you to have a sustainable Christmas.
Decorations are a key part of Christmas but this can be where a lot of waste is produced. One thing I will say is that if you already have plastic decorations, continue to use them. There’s nothing worse than throwing away a usable item just to look more eco-friendly.
Here we find ourselves at the great Christmas tree debate. Is a real tree or a fake tree better? I debate with myself every year which is better and I honestly have no idea. On one hand, we are always told that cutting down trees is bad but at Christmas tree farms, they get replaced so it isn’t as bad. Plus, in most places, the trees are turned into mulch which is a huge plus. With a fake tree, it can last for years and years but it does end up in a landfill at the end of the day. It is such an interesting topic and if you want to read more, definitely check out this blog post from Michelle.
In our house, we have 2 real trees and 2 fake trees. We have had one of the fake trees for longer than I have been alive and I’m sure we will use it until it breaks!
I love the idea of a natural wreath! You can get a base, or you could probably make one out of twigs etc. I would love to make one and wish I had this year. You can get acorns, pine cones, berries and leaves to make it so pretty!
Related post: How to have a sustainable Halloween
You can get so many cute kits to make felt or knitted baubles. Or you can get handmade ones if you aren’t into that kind of thing.
These are a few of my favourites:
- Make your own felt Robin* £2.75
- Make your own felt Reindeer* £2.75
- Make your own felted baubles* £15
- Homemade felted penguin* £5+
- 3 gingerbread people baubles* £12
I saw this cool video on how to make your own star by Forestry England. You can watch it here. One of my favourite tree decorations to make is orange with cloves in it. Last year we didn’t have an orange, so I used lemon instead.
Read the full blog post on eco-friendly decorations 🎄
Christmas crackers were the first thing that I swapped. 2 years ago I got a plastic-free cracker kit from Oxfam which came with a joke & a hat. I bought my own little gifts to put inside, personalised for each person. I had a lot of fun with it! There are lots of options when it comes to crackers, you don’t have to make your own.
The lovely Bea from Keep This Cracker contacted me to share her reusable Christmas crackers with you! I had no idea that Christmas crackers could be reusable, but they look so amazing. They are plastic-free, all materials from the UK and are Forest Stewardship Council certified.
Some of my favourites:
- Reusable crackers £20.95
- Plastic-free crackers with wooden decorations £15
- Plastic-free crackers with RSPB pin badges £15
Table cloths & napkins
A lot of people use single-use table cloths and napkins out of the convenience of just throwing them away when they become dirty. A better idea is to make one purchase and wash it with your laundry! This is a much more eco-friendly and sustainable practice.
A few favourites:
One of the best ways to incorporate sustainability at Christmas is to give sustainable Christmas presents! I have created 2 eco-friendly gift guides which you can read below:
Wrapping is an important factor when trying to have a sustainable Christmas. Last year I attempted to do some origami wrapping which I only managed for one present! I watched countless videos but I’m awful at origami so I just couldn’t work it out. You might have better luck though 😊
If you can’t do origami, you could buy some plastic-free wrapping paper*, use newspaper, tissue paper or even a scarf! It’s nice using plain brown paper, then you could add some Christmassy stamps on each one (I also attempted that a few years ago!). Or, you could use reusable gift bags*. Another important part of wrapping gifts are what you use to keep the paper together. Some people like to use string, twine* or my personal favourite paper tape*! You can get lots of pretty patterns of paper tape.
This year I have bought my Christmas cards from Suzanne Marie Papiere. You might remember her from my small businesses gift guide last year where I fell in love with her shop! I just love the idea of plantable cards.
Here is what I got:
For as long as I can remember, we have cut up old Christmas cards to make gift tags. I always found making them really fun and then getting to pick out who would get which tag. I really like this idea because we are upcycling and reusing Christmas cards. However, this year I have gone a different route. I saw that Suzanne sold plantable gift tags and I just couldn’t resist them! My family are big on planting so I know they will be used.
Here’s what I got:
- Plantable animal-themed gift tags* £6.50+
- Plantable festive-themed gift tags* £6.50+
Food waste is a big thing over Christmas. Often we overbuy and then don’t end up eating all the food. Here are a few ways you can reduce your food waste over Christmas:
- Freeze leftovers → try and empty out your freezer as it gets closer to the 25th
- Make stock
- Make leftovers into pies etc.
- Plan ahead
- Donate unopened food to a local food bank
- Compost peelings
And there we have it! I hope this blog post has given you some tips on how to have the most sustainable Christmas.
Best wishes, Cx