Helpful hacks for a more sustainable festive season!

Last updated: 10th December 2020

We love this time of year but are always mindful that it’s a time that can generate a lot of overconsumption, waste and excess. Our team had lots of ideas about decreasing our footprint while still having a great time and we thought we’d share them with you:

Thoughtful gifts

There are so many organisations offering a more sustainable approach to gift giving it’s worth doing a bit of research. Just a couple used by our team:

Old cashmere jumpers can be refashioned into new items including a free pair of gloves.

clothing manufacturer, with circular economy at the core of activities and you actually get a £5 credit when you return worn out items.

Charity shops are great for pre-loved gifts! 

Even better – save wrapping paper, delivery costs and unwanted gifts by giving sustainable gift vouchers.

Within families or groups, rather than everyone giving everyone gifts, consider using a Secret Santa approach so everyone has one or a limited number of gifts and can specify what they would like so there are no unwanted gifts.

Christmas tree tips

If you already have an artificial tree at home, use it until it can’t be used anymore and make the best of it.

In some areas, it is possible to rent a potted tree. Most potted tree providers will drop off the tree before Christmas and pick it up early in January. Or, buy a rooted potted tree that you can keep and re-use year after year.

Avoid getting a cut down tree but if you must ensure that it’s been grown locally and recycle it after Christmas.

Reusable or repurposed gift wrap

Wrapping paper is massively wasteful as most can’t be recycled. There is recycled wrapping paper available or take it even further and use old newspaper, reusable gift bags or cotton wrapping cloths which can be kept and reused over and over.

For more ideas and suggestions – see the full list on our website here:

Helpful hacks for a more sustainable festive season!

N.B. The information contained in this entry is provided by the above supplier, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the publisher

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