A more Eco-Friendly Christmas
Here are ReGen Waste’s tips for a greener Christmas.
Christmas is a time for giving gifts, spending time with family and lounging around the home when possible. The preparing, shopping and gatherings can be damaging for your wallet but they also present challenges elsewhere. In the run up to and during the holiday season there is a waste boom. Waste volume at this time of year is staggering. Find out how to have a more eco-friendly Christmas with these tips.
Some people believe artificial trees are the greener option because they last longer, however this is not the case. Every year plastic trees arrive at landfill because of the mix of materials used to make them. The plastics used require artificial trees to be stored for 10 years before a council can properly dispose of them. A real tree can be used just once, but it will reduce carbon during its lifetime and can go back to the earth naturally. The little bit of extra mess is saving the environment, so have your dust pan & brush at the ready. Check with your local council where to return natural trees to after Christmas to be disposed of responsibly.
D.I.Y is the way to go with decorations and there are host of environmental reasons to make your own, plus it’s fun. You could buy recycled paper or use what paper is already in the home to make stars, baubles and more. Online you can find so many tutorials on how to make great looking decorations from paper. Best of all, you can recycle them all over again, or save them for next year. Tips to save: Homemade decorations are of course cheaper than ordering online, and using just a ream of coloured paper you could deck your halls.
Not cheap, not good for the environment. We aren’t suggesting Christmas in the dark, but limit your lights. It may be a dark time of the year but wait until sun down before lighting your tree. Using bright, colourful decorations you can make it pop during the day without running up huge bills. Avoid timer switches, inevitably while out visiting friends and family you’ll be lighting the home for the dog or cat’s benefit.
Bit by bit
Once you notice your bins filling up, begin a recycle system. Understandably the run up to Christmas can’t be spent in recycling centres, but you can take the lead. Mark two or three containers and start consolidating your dry Christmas waste early. In the days that follow you may want to salvage a box, a bow or wrapping paper to reuse that in other years would’ve been already binned. Then when you are in the clear and all gifts are given with all boxes used and reused, you can then make one trip to the recycling centre and offload your Christmas waste materials. See how ReGen process domestic waste in their plant 24 hours per day here.