Looking for ways to have a more sustainable festive period? Here are some ways we have still enjoy Christmas and do our bit for the planet.
1. Eat seasonal and eat Organic: Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips, Sprouts and leeks are all in season this time of year. Save air miles by eating local produce and buy Organic to support wildlife biodiversity and healthy living soil.
2. Don’t waste it: 5 million puddings, 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies go to waste each Christmas. That’s a lot! Don’t buy more than you need, make meals with any left overs and give excess food to friends and neighbors are some of the ways to help reduce this waste.
3. Christmas Trees: If you’re able to grow a Christmas tree in a pot to re use year after year and plant outside when it gets to big. This will help reduce the 6 million Christmas trees that go to waste every year.
4. Get creative: There is nothing more special than receiving something that someone has made with their own two hands. You can make Christmas tree decorations, gift wrap, cards and decor using scrap fabric, newspaper, cardboard and greenery from outside, reducing the 227,000 miles of wrapping paper gets thrown away every year.
5. Support independent shops: When you shop locally you support local producers and your local economy, reduce unemployment rates and support your community.
6. Re-think gift giving: Reduce plastic by gifting experiences, handmade or recycled presents, why not gift a packet of flower seeds, bird feeders or bee boxes for a gift that keeps on giving.