Christmas is a wonderful time of year where we get together to celebrate, appreciate our loved ones and take time to reflect on the year just gone. Christmas doesn’t have to be a mad dash, costly or negatively impact the planet; get in the festive spirit whilst doing your bit for the environment. Essex Wildlife Trust gives some creative tips for a greener Christmas:
Decorations and wrapping
- Buy local, potted trees so they can be planted and re-used year after year, providing a habitat for wildlife in the meantime. If you do happen to have a cut tree, leave it in your garden after Christmas to compost and become a habitat for wildlife or recycle it locally. If you would rather use an artificial tree, buy a good quality one to last or even buy second hand.
- Around 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is used each year in the UK so try and rethink how you wrap your gifts; you can get really creative! Consider fabric knot wrapping, or even using newspaper that you already have in your home. If you would prefer to use wrapping paper, avoid anything shiny that can’t be recycled and use string to fasten together instead of tape. Add eco-friendly glitter, a sprig of mistletoe or pinecones if you’re feeling creative.
- Decorate your home with handmade decorations made from paper, felt or material. If you’re buying your decorations, be conscious of the packaging it comes in, try to stay away from plastic.