5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on, and with it comes plenty of festive decorations, family get-togethers and yummy food. However, this time of year results in a lot of waste, particularly from wrapping paper, cards and presents. According to a recent study by YouGov, an additional 30% of rubbish is produced and discarded during this time of year. That amounts to approximately 3 million tonnes of waste!
At Regen, we have created a list of 5 small changes you can make to bring you one step closer to an eco-friendly Christmas!
1. Choose Eco-Friendly Decorations
When choosing decorations this year, try picking those made from recycled wood, glass or fabric rather than plastic options that are non-recyclable. You could even bring nature indoors and swap tinsel for natural foliage! We would also recommend choosing classic designs that will be loved for years, rather than new trends that you won’t want to use next Christmas!
2. Think Twice Before Wrapping Your Gifts
We all love to receive wrapped gifts at Christmas, but did you know that last year alone UK households threw out 108 million rolls of wrapping paper! While we should make a conscious effort to recycle this paper, a lot of it isn’t recyclable due to the plastic, dye, foil and glitter they contain. This year, why not try to use eco-friendly wrapping paper or reuse some household materials?
3. Send Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards
Most of us will send cards to our loved ones this Christmas, however these can end up in landfill, particularly those with glitter on them. Glitter is extremely hard to recycle and so, many high-street stores have actually removed glitter from their Christmas cards and wrapping paper. For an eco-friendly alternative this year, why not send your festive cheer in the form of an e-card!
4. Limit How Many Presents You Buy
It is very easy to go overboard at Christmas when buying gifts for loved ones however, you should consider the impact this may have on the planet. This year, why not suggest a Secret Santa gift exchange rather than buying for all your friends and family? This will allow you to invest more money into a single gift instead of buying little gifts that may end up in landfill.
5. Plan a Zero-Waste Christmas Dinner
Many of us will buy far too much food at Christmas, which can result in a lot of food waste! We would recommend planning your food in advance as this will help to reduce food wastage as well as shopping for local produce whenever possible! If you do have any food left over, why not try out some new food recipes?
By making these small changes, you can have a positive impact on the environment over the festive period. For more eco-friendly tips, take a look at our previous blogs.