Along with all the magic that Christmas brings each year, it also produces a lot of waste which isn't very magical for the environment.
With just a few simple changes to your usual Christmas festivities, you can still celebrate in style while sparing a thought for our planet.
Here are some green tips to help you spread the eco love this Christmas.
Green Christmas Gifting
Less is more!
Forego an excess of "stuff" that will end up on ebay or in the charity shops by Easter and make every gift count by purchasing things with value, purpose and meaning.
- Choose gifts that use sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, silk or wood.
- Support your community and local economy by buying hand-crafted gifts from local Christmas markets and craft fairs.
Green Christmas Decorating
Less really is more!
Again, don't overdue it. Cluttered decorations are neither inspiring, nor beautiful. Keep it simple and enjoy it more.
- Decorate with nature and opt for wood, hessian, paper or organic cotton over plastic and synthetic materials. Real pine boughs, holly and mistletoe are synonymous with Christmas and make beautiful natural decorations.
- Choose handmade decorations from local artisans or have a go at making your own. Get the family together, put some mulled wine on the stove and be creative!
- Buy a live tree that can be mulched and supports small businesses or a potted live tree can be used for multiple years before planting it outdoors. If you decide to have an artificial tree, plan ahead and buy one that you know you will use for many years to come and you can still do your bit for the environment.
- Light some beeswax candles or tea lights and distribute them around your home for a warm and magical glow.
Green Christmas Dinner
Not going to tell you less is more when it comes to food, just be mindfull about waste!
The much anticipated family meal is a time to relax and enjoy good food. The more local and sustainable the better.
- Choose a heritage turkey or a grass-fed, organically raised roast of your choice. Even better go vegetarian with a luxurious and wholesome nut roast.
- Add home grown or locally grown vegetables from the farmer's market and make your own Christmas pudding or festive cake for dessert.
- Create your centrepiece from natural elements, such as pine wreaths or an arrangement of festive poinsettias.
- Use leftovers up on Boxing Day or to make meals that can be frozen for a later date and compost anything else, to avoid waste.
When every gift has been given and you're full of Christmas food, drink and good cheer, don't forget to recycle!
Now go and enjoy!