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Four Festive Steps for a More Conscious Christmas

While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, unfortunately, the real cost of a Merry Christmas can be devastating for the environment. Every year, Brits throw away 226,800 miles of wrapping paper at Christmas – which is enough to stretch around the world nine times!

But it doesn’t stop there – from high figured food waste to Christmas trees which are only of use for a couple of weeks, why are most Christmas traditions destined for the landfill?

To help make your celebrations more conscious of the environment, here’s a green guide.

  1. Don’t fill the fridge
  • Over the festive period, Brits throw away 54 million platefuls of food.
  • We also throw our 25 million Christmas pudding packages.
  • To lower festive food wastage, create a shopping list, stick to it, and don’t fall for a food offers.
  • Post-Christmas, why not research some recipes for festive leftovers?

  1. Give less, give better
  • Christmas may be a time of giving (and receiving) but try not to go too consumerism crazy.
  • Start considering Christmas as an ideal time to exercise your spending power wisely, and consider giving a meaningful gift.
  • Why not gift an experience, or source a secondhand item? You’ll be surprised at what you can find.
  1. Recycle, reuse or reduce your wrapping paper
  • Each Christmas, the UK uses 40 million rolls of (non-recyclable) sticky tape.
  • Combining this with the 226,800 miles of wrapping paper, which most of can’t be recycled.
    • Instead, why not save your wrapping paper, and use the following year?
    • Alternatively, you could invest in reusable wrapping paper, purchase recyclable brown paper, or use unwanted materials.

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  1. Get crafty this Christmas
  • Why not consider welcoming your loved ones with a lovingly handmade gift?
  • You could upcycle a second-hand item, or follow a DIY gift guide online.
  • Not only will this make your present more personalised, but it’ll all lessen the number of items send to landfill.

By switching to these smarter and more sustainable substitutes, you could save both money and the planet.

–  Bekki Ramsay

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