Let’s make 2020 the greenest Christmas ever - and while doing so, save money. What could be better.
We have 5 simple swaps, wraps, gift ideas, and clever changes to save the planet and your pocket.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, it’s about celebration, community and of course family, food and presents, so how about we make a difference by reducing our and wish Mother Earth a Merry Christmas too. Let’s all begin by shopping smart, monitoring traceability and using modern tech to solve the age-old problem of how to have a wonderful time without causing too much damage to pocket and planet.
A Green Christmas, Image Credit - Jacqueline Sarahh
Here are our five simple ways to create a greener Christmas.
1. Wrap your gifts in recycled paper or fabric
You may be surprised to hear that more than half of us re-use last year’s wrapping paper. Recycling is great; however, the majority of wrapping paper contains non- recyclable elements such as plastic, foil or glitter. Although they look pretty around the Christmas tree, they are bad for our global footprint. Our solution is to recycle or use fabric. Fabric is not only reusable and washable; you can also go for organic or natural options. Get extra creative with your wrapping this year and add green foliage from the garden to decorate your presents. Note: stay away from spiky, prickly, or sap-leaking greenery.
Wrap your gifts in recycled paper or fabric, Image Credit - Kuwcoco
Newspaper Gift Wrap - Image Credit, Paintswegluechew
2. Buy ‘Green’ or Plastic-Free Gifts
Shopping green this Christmas will be great for both the planet and your wallet. Many of us start off shopping with the greatest intentions, however sometimes shopping green isn’t that easy; it may take a little effort to shop greener, but it is well worth the extra research.
Wakecup Zero Waste Starter Kit by Wearth London
'Grow your own'Gift Box With Twool Woolly Veg Sack - Tomato by The Plastic Free Shop
Natural Sisal Massage Hand Brush by Ethical Superstore
The best way to identify an eco-friendly product is to look out for the third-party certification. You can also look out for some more familiar sustainable logos such as rainforest alliance, Fairtrade, energy star and palm oil free, forest stewardship council (FSC) and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).
Here are some great places to look:
3. Rent a Christmas Tree
“What is the most eco-friendly Christmas tree option?”, you may ask.
The truth is real Christmas trees are way more sustainable than the artificial alternatives.Research has shown that in order for your synthetic Christmas tree to be sustainable you have to use it for 20 years before it could be classed as a green Christmas, ie bought before the year 2000. In more bad news seven million real Christmas trees are dumped in January rather than recycled or collected.
However, there is good news too. Why not go one step further to create your perfect green Christmas by renting a real tree from a British farm. An amazing company that provides this is Love a Christmas Tree. They offer real Norman firs that can be delivery directly to your front door. These trees come from a Leicestershire family farm and start from only £20. All you need to do is decorate it with love and care for the tree over the festive period and then they will come and pick it up and replant it in January. Now that’s a Merry Green Christmas!
Sustainable Christmas Tree by LavenderBlog
Sustainable Christmas Tree - Image Credit , Gardenista
Image Credit - Anne Salama
4. Think Sustainable Christmas Decorations
Ok we have the tree sorted, but what about the decorations?
The simplest way you can make your Christmas eco-friendly is decorate your tree with Christmas decorations that have been passed down through the generations. This is a great way to follow a family tradition whilst being sustainable at the same time. However if you do want to buy Christmas decorations this year we recommend shopping at companies likeNkuku who offer decorations made from wood, brass and glass. Although if you wanted to get really creative this year you could make your own wreath from green foliage to foraged holly, red berries and mistletoe from your garden or local area. Do you love candles to brighten the festive period? Think about using beeswax or the soy variety. Thebotanical Candle Co offer a great selection.
Tabwa Leaf Decorations - Fern Sprig by NKUKU
Vaya House Garland by NKUKU
Late Summer Scented Soy Candles in Amber Jars by The Botanical Eco Candle
Quiescent Soy Wax Candle by Botanical Eco Candle
5. Make the Switch this Christmas to LED Lights
Christmas is all about the lights. HOWEVER, if every UK household made the swap to the LED equivalent, we could save more than £11 million and over 29,000 tonnes of CO2, in just the 12-day Christmas period. That’s astonishing! LED lights can use up to 80% less energy, saving you money, while being kind to our planet. PLUS, there are outdoor Christmas lighting that are solar powered lights.
You can also put both sets of your lights on a timer thereby reducing that energy bill whilst making environmental savings at the same time.
6ft Berry Christmas Tree by Next
The "Magic Tree" on Christmas Morning in Columbia in Boone County Missouri. ©Notley Hawkins
From Harleen Mclean Interiors we wish you an everlasting green Christmas and hope all your eco wishes come true.