Being green this Christmas does not imply being a party pooper. Nobody wishes to get stuck commemorating with exemplary cousin Clover who makes everyone else feel guilty, however you can find a balance between being an eco-whinger and having a good time.
It’s easier than you think to lower your intake and assist the environment, by making really small tweaks to your Christmas regimen.
Product packaging, for example, is not part of the yuletide radiance however is a nasty byproduct of the season. GWP group has some shocking figures on how much unnecessary packaging we get however as a country, and this is most likely to increase with more online shopping done this year in the pandemic.
The UK produces an additional 3 million tonnes of waste at Christmas and fills 100 million bin bags every year. Landfill produces high-levels of methane gas and CO2, as rubbish rots in the ground, causing international warming. And simply one single tonne of landfill expenses us ₤ 56 in taxes, which can spend for more than a couple of mince pies.
You don’t have to muster up your finest Scrooge impression to have a more sustainable Christmas, follow our top pointers for a really eco-friendly (and fun!) festive season in 2020.
1. Lease a Christmas tree
We purchase 8 million Christmas trees each year in the UK, although genuine trees have a much lower carbon footprint than synthetic trees, they still contribute to a shocking amount of land fill waste. Much more stressing is that 14 percent of plastic trees are tossed away each year.
Attempt purchasing a living potted tree this year that you can water and later on put in your garden after Christmas, and utilize for years to come.
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If you don’t have a garden and do need to get rid of a real tree– do it properly, lots of councils have collection services and will recycle these for you so there is no need to flytip.
Alternatively, lease a tree for the season. Business like family company Love a Christmas Tree rents real trees, which they will provide and pick up – just do not forget to water it.
2. Attempt eco Christmas cards
The average person in the UK gets 17 Christmas cards, not bad for a popularity increase but not terrific for world earth. We have to slice down one tree to make 3,000 Christmas cards. Do your bit in conserving the trees this year by purchasing recycled Christmas cards, which are offered in many places.
We recommend 1TreeCards, which takes the principle of recycled Christmas to the next level and plants a tree (through their Eden Reforestation Projects) for each card purchased. Their designs have actually envelopes made from 100 percent recycled paper, designs are printed with vegan inks, and the sleeves are even plastic-free too, cleverly made out of corn and yam. Plus, the whole pack is made using renewable energy.
If you’re short of money why not up-cycle your old cards? This needs a little bit of pre-planning (and saving cards from in 2015), but is simple to do with some creativity and some recycled card. Cut out a vibrant style to stick on folded recycled card, or do a collage of old Christmas card designs. And don’t forget to stash the Christmas cards you get this year for next year’s designs.
3. Make sustainable Christmas decors
Don’t even think about getting the tinsel this year, instead, make your own lovely decomposable designs. These can be constructed out of blended dried fruit (for garlands) or fresh fruit for pomander balls (actually cloves pushed into oranges), which smell divine.
Another idea, gather some pinecones or holly from your regional park (if it’s been up to the ground), and spray it with eco-gold paint or douse it with plant-based glitter– DAZZLE does a terrific variety of this. When this things hits soil or water it breaks down rapidly.
Make your own wreath with coat-hanger wire and foliage and bake edible cookies to hold on the tree. And, if you are buying tree lights get solar ones or those with LED bulbs to lower energy usage.
4. Pre-loved presents
A severe amount of undesirable Christmas gifts are tossed into garbage dump each year, some ₤ 42 million worth. 2 good ways we to assist with this excessive waste are to purchase pre-loved presents and to sell your undesirable presents so another person can get happiness out of them. Numerous pre-loved Christmas jumpers can be found on sites like Beyond Retro and Oxfam’s online store, and for kid’s Christmas wear and general clothing, toys and book try family organization Stork Shop.
” Buying pre-loved is really the ultimate way for eco-conscious families to go shopping,” says Stork Shop creator Helen Elfer. “It’s a method to prolong the life of stunning clothing and gifts, there’s less waste, no additional resources used to produce the products, less product winding up in landfill, and obviously it costs a lot less than shopping brand name brand-new. Plus it feels amazing when Christmas shopping indicates joining the pre-loved motion and supporting other families by purchasing from them instead of trawling the high street.”
5. Use recycled wrapping paper
We use an eye-popping 227,000 miles of covering paper each year in this country, which if rolled out would walk around the world almost 10 times. One method to bring this quantity down is to unwrap presents thoroughly, conserve the paper and put it in a Christmas box to utilize the following year.
If you do not have loads of paper accumulated already, consider buying wrapping paper made of 100 percent recycled products this year from business like Re-wrapped, or independent designers like Sophie Botsford or Claire Fontaine, or use recycled brown paper and jazz it up with a biodegradable paper ribbon.
6. Eat less meat
The worldwide effect of eating meat (animals and poultry) adds to an approximated 14.5 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The UK carves up a whopping 10 million turkeys each Christmas. And while it might not be popular with no-veg eating family members minimizing the meat we take in is among the most effective methods to help the planet.
There are pretty good meat substitutes out there using the look of a proper Christmas dinner – including the extremely real-looking imitation turkey– the Vegetarian Plus Vegan Whole Turkey. The Tofurky Roast With Wild Rice Stuffing is a decent choice too as is the Gardein Stuffed Turkey. Many supermarkets do Vegan No Pigs in Blankets, including Waitrose and M&S, you could attempt them and see if anyone notifications.
If you simply can’t do without the turkey, attempt purchasing a smaller organic one, which if all of us did would make a substantial distinction to greenhouse gas emissions and would lower over all consumption.
7. Choose recycled Christmas crackers
There’s a great deal of cardboard involved in the very British tradition of Christmas crackers– which are typically stuffed with more waste in the type of cracker jokes, crown hats, and disposable plastic toys.
Business like British-based Nancy and Betty make truly lovely hand-made crackers designs with strong colours, easy graphics and quality sustainable paper stock, which they state are hand-made by their elves. All are printed with vegetable-based ink, there are no plastic-free presents inside and much better still, one tree is planted for every single box of crackers bought.
8. Consume eco alcohol
An approximated 500 million canned drinks are sold over the joyful duration, so if you take in cans make certain they are recycled effectively, or much better still buy glass-bottled alcohol.
Business like The Initial Small Beer have actually believed everything about the larger picture so you do not have to when it pertains to producing hoppy tipple. It’s managed to drastically cut down the water required to brew its beer and uses 100 per cent renewable resource producing it.
Organic booze is another method to minimize the number of gasses produced into the environment, attempt Dà Mhìle’s organic whiskey, Badger Mountain Riesling bursting with pineapple and citrus flavours, and the Vegan Vine Red wine is rather moreish too.
9. Devour vegan sweet things
Eating vegan helps to prevent the environmental expenses associated with industrialised animal farming. Swap out the dairy in your precious Christmas treat this year, lots of merchants are currently using vegan variations of mince pies, Christmas puds and even vegan brandy butter.