3 ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint This Christmas

As magical as Christmas is, each year £4bn is spent on unwanted gifts, which come wrapped in 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging. If you are looking for a way to make the most wonderful time of the year a little easier on the planet, look no further.

In this article, we break down our top 3 tips on how to reduce your Christmas carbon footprint.

1. Choose wisely when wrapping your presents

There are several ways to go about this.

Reuse wrapping paper

I dedicate a whole drawer to this hobby. Whenever I receive a present, I carefully unwrap it and store away the wrapping paper until a special occasion comes along.

Find alternatives 

Another option is to use old packaging or newspaper – something which we all probably have lying about the house without any use for it. You can even decorate it using potato prints or reusable ribbons – this is a great activity to do with little ones as well!If you find yourself looking for a more sophisticated way to wrap your gifts, why not try fabric? The Japanese have been doing this for centuries using a technique called furoshiki.

Buy non-plastic wrapping paper 

If you just can’t part with the idea of wrapping paper, try the plastic-free version, for example this one by the plastic free shop.

2. Go meat-free

The benefits of vegan or vegetarian diets for your health and the climate are numerous – so why not do something good for your body and the planet this Christmas and indulge in some plant-based deliciousness? Whether you are looking to put a new spin on old favourites or to try something different this year, the world wide web has you spoilt for choice. Some of my favourite websites include:

3. Plan ahead

If you find yourself with a little bit of time on your hands in the run-up to Christmas, now is the perfect time to start planning.

Plan dinner to limit waste

Not buying everything at the last minute can give you the extra time you might need to source package-free or local ingredients. A lot of us also make heaps of food over Christmas, which then ends up going to waste. So, take some time to think about how much you will actually eat – especially this year, when you might be celebrating with fewer people than usual. After all, no-one really wants to eat those sprouts after they’ve been sitting in the fridge for a week, now do they?

Make gifts

Instead of going to the shops to buy a present, why not make one? This is by far the most sustainable (and personal!) way to show your love at Christmas. Whether you choose to frame some of your kids’ drawings, gift something home-made like chutney or spiced gin, or go for something more adventurous like making your own soap or bath-bombs, the time and effort you put into making a hand-crafted gift can only be appreciated.

Source second-hand gifts

If you do want to give pre-made presents, try sourcing gifts second-hand using websites like Depop, Vinted, eBay or Swopz Shop Bristol, to name just a few. Not only will the planet thank you, but you are also much more likely to find something unique!

Finding the perfect new-to-you gift can take a little longer, so start looking now >>>

If you are looking for more inspiration on how to make this Christmas sustainable, do keep an eye on our social media pages, where we will feature a new tip for a greener festive season every day as part of our Greener Advent Calendar! You can find it here:

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