Every year, we spend hundreds of pounds on silly gifts, wrapping paper and that new dress you HAD to buy for the Christmas party! Why not make a change this year, go green. I am sure that I am not the only one who has got a present that has left you thinking…. um, really?? It might be some vulgar china dog or a pair of tights that you would wear if you were 2 years old, whatever it is, don’t just bin it, recycle it. You never know, but what is your rubbish might be someone else’s treasure. Or you might be able to turn it into something different?
We’ve compiled a list of festive ideas to help you enjoy a greener Christmas:
Got an old bead necklace that you never wear anymore? Why not make your own Christmas tree decorations from it? You could restring the beads into multiple smaller dangling trinkets, or try combining them with some sequins or other beads to make them go further. Another simple and easy way to put your own touch to Christmas is to make some salt dough decorations. You can shape & paint them just the way you fancy! Here’s a recipe
2.SWITCH YOUR LIGHTS OFF!
Yes the tree does look beautiful all twinkly in the dark, but only the mice will be the ones admiring it once you’ve gone to bed!
3. MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS.
Not only is it hugely satisfying but it’s also a great activity if you have kids. Why not try cutting out some potatoes in the shape of a Christmas tree or a star? Reuse old paper or if you haven’t got any left make sure its recycled paper. Add a bit of glitter or some cotton wool for the ultimate christmasy effect!! Eat your heart out Blue Peter!! We’ve also got some great plantable cards so when Christmas is over you can plant it and watch it grow! Or alternatively in the ever growing age of electronics, why not send an e-card?
4. RECYCLE WRAPPING PAPER.
Buy gift wrap that uses recycled paper and instead of just throwing away the paper after you’ve excitedly ripped open your present, why not fold it up and use it again next year? We understand of course that opening presents is not always something that can be done calmly, so before you throw the remnants of the paper away in the belief that it’s not salvageable, think again, you could always use the torn strips for paper-mache to keep the kids entertained!
5. USE ECO CANDLES.
Use candles made from beeswax or soy. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum so try to avoid these. Go for renewably sourced alternatives instead.
6.DECK THE HALLS WITH BOWS OF HOLLY!
Instead of draping tinsel everywhere use holly to give a Christmas feel around the house. It’s biodegradable so you can compost it after.
7.GIVE SOME HOME MADE TASTY TREATS.
Lost as to what to get someone? Try making your own brownies, mince pies or truffles. You can add your own decorations too so they have your very own creative signature on them! I make my own truffles every year, they are so quick and simple to do, and always go down an absolute storm!
8. SHOP IN CHARITY SHOPS.
Okay so you might not be able to find a present for everyone here but you will be overwhelmed at what gems you can find. Great books, amazing vintage fashion pieces and to make it even better, you’re doing your part for charity AND the environment!
9. GIVE A PLANT.
Whilst gardening might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it could be the perfect present for your parents or auntie! Its eco friendly and brings all year round enjoyment!
10. EAT ORGANIC.
Organic turkeys, carrots, Brussel sprouts, clementines…. all readily available, and so much better for you!