I’M DREAMING OF A GREEN (more environmentally friendly) CHRISTMAS

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

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!

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?

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!

Use candles made from beeswax or soy. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum so try to avoid these. Go for renewably sourced alternatives instead.

Instead of draping tinsel everywhere use holly to give a Christmas feel around the house. It’s biodegradable so you can compost it after.

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!

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!

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!

Organic turkeys, carrots, Brussel sprouts, clementines…. all readily available, and so much better for you!

Author: Steven Chasen

Here at Eco Hip we have a simple philosophyTo offer you the best natural products around, so that you can maintain a chemical-free home, body and spirit.For 15 years we have been striving to give people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this lifestyle, using our knowledge and experience to guide you through the process from start to finish. We believe that there is a complete synergy between what is best for you and what is best for the environment.Do you ever stop and think about what goes into the products that we use on a daily basis?Did you know that everyday products such as toiletries and cosmetics are filled with harmful petro-chemicals, parabens, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, artificial colours, fragrances and fillers. The list goes on…Why aren’t there stricter regulations concerning these products?Are the waste products of industry being dumped and sold in our personal care and cleaning products?Who is stopping this and telling it how it is?We feel that we have a responsibility to both our customers and to the world around us to ask ourselves these questions every day. That is why we only sell the most responsible and sustainable products.Responsibility to ourselves – All our products are free of toxic chemicals wherever possible and endorsed by Ecocert and the Soil Association.Responsibility to others – We promote Fairtrade produce to stop exploitation and benefit those communities.Responsibility to local communities – We use local suppliers and products wherever possible in order to support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprintResponsibility to the environment – All our products use minimal packaging and recyclable materials. Responsibility to the future – We use sustainable materials and ingredients wherever possible.Responsibility to animals – We do not use any products that have animal ingredients or are tested on animals. Our products are certified as cruelty-free and are endorsed by BUAV and PETA.There doesn’t have to be a trade off between affordability and healthy living either. The choices we make now will impact our future, and we want to ensure that the investments you make now will save you money in the long-term.Sustainability doesn’t just have to connote the environment, but your own household too.In the age of information overload that we live in, we know that shopping online can sometimes be overwhelming, so we carefully source our products, selecting only the highest quality ingredients and most innovative designs, so that you don’t have to.Ecohip is more than just another online shopping website. The Ecohip mindset is all about challenging conventional thinking and finding a new way of looking at the world, believing that smalls steps can gradually add up to make a big difference.

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