Making the Season Sustainable



As the festive season approaches, it’s a time of joy, celebration, and giving. However, amid the excitement, it’s essential to consider our impact on the planet. Adopting sustainable practices during Christmas not only reduces waste but also contributes to a healthier environment for generations to come. Here are some practical ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Christmas.

Embrace Thoughtful Giving


Instead of drowning in unwanted gifts, go for quality over quantity. Invest time in selecting long-lasting, high-quality items. Not only does this reduce waste, but it’s also kinder to your wallet.



Master Eco-friendly Wrapping


Try to find cards and wrapping materials crafted from recycled or FSC-certified paper. Dodge plastic ribbons, tape, or glitzy, foil-backed wrapping paper. Choose recyclable cards and explore tape-free wrapping techniques like furoshiki for beautifully unique and reusable packaging.

Reduce Food Waste


Combat tropical deforestation caused by food production by planning meals efficiently. Store leftovers in Tupperware, foil, or wax cloth covers instead of clingfilm to keep them fresh and waste-free. Everyone loves a Christmas leftovers sandwich don’t they! Check out these festive leftovers recipes for some inspiration on what to do with yours!



Incorporate Plant-Based Eating


Reduce waste by shifting towards more plant-based meals. The livestock industry contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and consumes vast resources. Consider exploring meat alternatives for a sustainable choice. Most major supermarkets now offer meat-free alternatives to your dry turkey!

Mindful Celebrations


Swap out non-recyclable Christmas crackers for FSC-certified or DIY crackers filled with sustainable goodies rather than the usual plastic junk. Choose reusable tablecloths and napkins over single-use ones, washing them on lower temperatures for a smaller environmental footprint, you can still get those gravy stains out washing at 30 degrees!



Make Your Own Décor


Upcycle old decorations or create new ones using household materials. Why not try DIY Christmas decorations made from leftover baubles, candy canes, yarn and old plant pots. Get eco and inventive this year!

Tree Considerations


If opting for an artificial tree, commit to using it for at least a decade. Otherwise, consider a living tree from a sustainable forest or an FSC-certified real tree. Ensure proper disposal or replanting post-season. Most local charities offer a Christmas tree recycling service whereby you can make a donation and they will collect your tree and recycle it!



Check out if there is a local charity near you that offers this service here.


Tree Recycling Charity Near You

Lets enjoy a greener Christmas!



This festive season, let’s spread not only joy but also sustainability. Making mindful choices in gift-giving, wrapping, meal planning, and decoration crafting can significantly reduce our environmental impact. Embracing these practices creates a more meaningful celebration, leaving a positive legacy for the planet and future festivities to come. Cheers to a jolly and eco-friendly Christmas!