There’s been lots of talk again about being ‘environmentally friendly’ at Christmas, but how exactly can you do that?
Over the Christmas period, there are so many ways that waste is produced, and often unnecessarily; from thousands of miles worth of wrapping paper to around seven million Christmas trees being sold and thrown out.
No one is asking that Christmas traditions are thrown out because they’re not environmentally friendly… yet anyway. But in the meantime, there are small things you can do to reduce the amount of waste you create over December.
Buy less and buy what they actually want
When shopping this year for Christmas, make sure to think “they definitely want this as they have asked for it” rather than “oh they will love this, I know it”. Because in reality, it might just sit gathering dust for the next year or so because they didn’t actually need it.
Ask your friends and family for a wish list so you don’t go overboard with things that may just be disregarded.
Buy in bulk
When shopping on Amazon, or ordering your food, make sure you get everything in as little deliveries as possible. You can even bulk buy with your friends and neighbours to save on deliveries – which helps for cutting costs too!
Use an alternative to wrapping paper
Bad news – pretty wrapping paper with sparkles and nice patterns is often un-recyclable. Make sure that if you are getting wrapping paper, it’s recyclable or using alternative such as old newspapers or brown paper.
Or to make even less waste, buy one nice gift bag and pop all your presents in that if you’re buying lots for one person!
Don’t waste food
A lot of the time, being environmentally friendly is a result of making a little extra time to plan things. You can contribute a lot less to food waste if you ensure that you have the right amount for things. Or, make sure that if you do have a lot of leftovers, that you use them wisely or share them with others or people in need through a local Food bank.
Dispose of trees appropriately
Whether you’ve got a real or fake tree that needs getting rid of, you can dispose of these in more eco-friendly ways than just throwing them in the bin.
Check out your local authority’s services and see if they have a collection date in early January or a designated place that you can take them. The trees can then be shredded and used in woodlands and parks.
For fake trees that you no longer want or need, take them along to charity shops and see if they can sell these on for you.
So, there you go – start small and remember that every little helps when it comes to being more conscious of waste and the environment. Leave a comment below with how you’re going to be more eco-friendly this Christmas!
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