With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d share some ideas about how to reduce waste and be environmentally friendly over the festive season.
The first thing that comes to mind is presents.
Did you know plastic is made from fossil fuels? Try to avoid any plastic presents if you can.
Any type of manufacturing uses energy so giving second hand items as gifts is a great idea. Buying from charity shops means you’re supporting worthwhile causes too.
Look for companies with ‘B Corp’ certification – it means they have passed strict criteria which proves they are doing the best for the environment and their workers. The number of ‘B Corp’ companies is growing which is great news.
Another idea (if the recipient agrees!) is to donate to a charity on their behalf. There are lots of great environmental charities who are always looking for more support to continue with their fantastic work.
Now to wrapping – it always makes sense to use up what you already have so use up any existing Sellotape and wrapping paper but when you run out, it’s a great idea to replace them with recycled wrapping paper (brown wrapping paper looks lovely and is not expensive!) and recycled eco paper packing tape.
When you buy recycled paper, you’re saving any new trees from being chopped down and it can also be composted or recycled afterwards too! Hang on to gift bags to reuse in the future.