This is a season to be jolly indeed but why not make our planet feel loved as well.
“ Deck the halls with DIY decor,
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Don we now our ethically sourced apparel,
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.”
Christmas is a beautiful time of the year and is one we all look forward to. Decorating the tree with family and friends while sharing a glass of mulled wine, hot cocoa and delicious treats are all the joys reminiscent of Christmas, and waking up on christmas morning to an enormous pile of gifts is the icing on an already delicious cake. While this encapsulates the magic of Christmas there is also another side.
This festive season it is predicted that a United Kingdom household is estimated to spend over £800 on presents for friends and family, and the total amount of wrapping paper used can cover the world 9 times over, an estimation of 8 million Christmas trees will be sold and 230,000 tonnes of festive food will go to waste in just the United Kingdom. So, just imagine the amount of waste that will be generated world-wide this Christmas.
So, can Christmas and sustainability go together?
Of course, they can! If you are working towards a zero waste lifestyle with the intention of creating minimum impact on the planet, then you are in the right place. Here are some tips and tricks on how to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas:
- Decor – Get Creative!
Christmas is never complete without decorations, so why not make them ourselves. The internet is a marvellous place to find ideas and ways to use simple things in your home to create a magical setting. If you are not the creative kind there are still other options such as purchasing decorations from thrift shops. Upcycled Christmas decor can save a lot of trees and is also a great way to unleash your creativity.
There is no greater joy than exchanging gifts with loved ones on Christmas day. We all get a few gifts on Christmas that we rarely ever use. So, this Christmas let’s give out meaningful and useful gifts. Europe is the home to some of the most beautiful Christmas markets which brings artisans from all over the country. These artisans showcase their one of a kind products hand-made with love. If you have a loved one who loves to travel a lovely gift would be a sustainable travel ticket for them to create new memories.
And of course for the kings of creativity, DIY gifts are a sure way of showing loved ones you care!
Food is a major part of our life and no festival is complete without food. Plan your meals to reduce leftovers and please oh please do not throw away food. There are many shelters and people in your city who cannot afford a festive meal on Christmas and it would be a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer by sharing the food you make with those who have much less.
Here are also some tips and tricks for the waste you generate:
- Dried and powdered egg shells, fruit peels and spices make great fertiliser for you plants.
- Compost your organic waste and nourish your backyard!
This Christmas and the next consider sustainable options as they are a gift to the Earth, and to the future generations to come.
– Sriranjini Chandramoulee