Can we have a greener, less wasteful, eco-friendly Christmas? Here are a few things to consider this Christmas.
1. Eco-friendly Christmas decorations
What’s Christmas without decorations, but they don't have to come at a cost to mother nature. This year try curating a collection of beautiful, reusable decorations made from materials such as glass or fabric, and twinkling lights. Go for plastic-free festive garlands or banners.
Invest in good quality christmas decorations that can be stored and used again, maybe they make their way into family tradition.
2. Our precious Christmas tree
Plant your own Christmas Tree. What can be better than having it in your house green patch throughout the year and reuse it year after year.
Rent or borrow a Christmas Tree – In case your friends / family is heading out for a vacation, borrow their Christmas tree. It's a total win win.
Buy an artificial tree - Buy a high quality tree that you can use year on year.
3. DIY / Upcycled Christmas decorations & crafts with kids
Christmas is all about celebrations and quality time with family, and what can be better than making your own decorations with your kids / grandkids. Let them upcycle some of your old decorations with glitter and glue and get all messy. Give your little ones the gift of beautiful memories that will last for a lifetime.
4. Sustainable gifts for kids
Go for classic toys made from wood and fabric.
Gift membership to Library / National Galleries
Donate / Accept used toys from friends and family
Try going plastic free. And teach your kids the value of sharing gifts.
5. Reusing and upcycling wrapping paper
Single biggest waste generated every Christmas.
Reusing wrapping – Newspaper can be a great reusable wrapping paper.
Upcycle used wrapping paper with your kids drawing ( what can be more personalised).
7. Christmas dinner
Try homemade over order in - Festivals are a perfect time to revisit your family recipes and to get together in the kitchen. Also its a known fact that we tend to waste less of home made food vis-a-vis restaurant food.
All in all, we all can do our bit to ensure we have a greener Christmas.