Preparing your home for Christmas is exciting, especially for those with children. Bring the family together and the whole experience will be a lot of fun. So today we’re sharing our tips for an eco-friendly Christmas.
Are your decorations looking a bit old and shabby? The winter landscape is dominated with reds and greens, so get out there for some natural decorations rather than buying new ones. Sprigs of holly and fir, twigs and branches, mistletoe and pine cones make beautiful additions to your Christmas home. Baubles can be swapped for berries. Going natural will stop you cluttering up your home with more plastic.
We all love Christmas lights, but displaying decorative lights indoors and outside over the festive period will substantially increase your household’s power consumption. Make sure you don’t leave yours on all day, switch to LED lights or buy ones with rechargeable batteries or using energy-saving bulbs will all help to reduce your energy use.
Help your children go eco-friendly by buying plastic free presents. There are plenty of websites and local shops selling that sell beautiful and affordable eco-friendly toys, such as consciouscraft.uk and ethicalsuperstore.com.
After managing to keep your presents green, give your Christmas presents a nostalgic feel with recycled brown parcel paper, and biodegradable eco-packing tape. Add some natural string, some seasonal greenery and last year’s Christmas cards for tags for beautifully wrapped gifts. Shredded paper is a great alternative to polystyrene to protect breakables.
If you’re celebrating with a tipple or two this year, avoid plastic straws and stirrers. Add to the magic with mint leaves, rosemary, cranberries and satsumas. Freezing berries such as blackberries or raspberries in ice cube trays makes for a great addition to your winter cocktails.
Ready-made snacks and canapés have large amounts of plastic packaging. There are so may quick and easy nibbles you can make plastic free: truffles, mince pies, sausage rolls, cheese twists, potato skins, sausage, sweet potato wedges, stuffed olives, bruschetta, homemade crisps and many, many more!
And try to make the most of your leftovers – don’t forget your turkey carcass can be used to make stock for soups and vegetable peel can be turned into compost. Try not to overbuy food, and if you do, don’t simply bin it, use recipes to make the most of it and freeze dishes to see you into the new year.