It is important that people are finding ways to be environmentally-friendly throughout the year, but Christmas is a time which can be particularly harmful if you are not careful so this year you should make a concerted effort to have a green Christmas. So, how can you go about doing this?
Use Recyclable Wrapping Paper
There are many wasteful aspects about Christmas and wrapping paper is one of the major ones. While sparkly wrapping paper can make presents look much nicer, it is also incredibly wasteful with Envirowaste finding that a staggering 83 sq. KM of wrapping paper being burnt or thrown out each year. Instead, this year opt for recyclable wrapping paper which will be much more eco-friendly.
Make Your Own Decorations
Decorating the house is a great way to get in the festive spirit and will certainly be important in 2020. Instead of decorating with wasteful materials, try making your own decorations out of sustainable materials which can be a fun activity and make decorating that little bit more special this year.
Following on from this, lights are another important part of Christmas but can use up a tremendous amount of energy. This is why you should make sure that your tree lights and any decorative lighting uses LED bulbs which are up to 80% more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent lighting.
Ecommerce certainly can make Christmas shopping easier but it is not the most environmentally-friendly option. Instead, you could browse online at places like Card Factory to find what you are looking for and then go in-store to find the products – it can actually feel much more festive heading to the shops and allows you to save on delivery costs. If shopping on the High Street, remember to bring your own bags to avoid having to use plastic carrier bags.
Buy Food Locally
Food is, of course, one of the best things about Christmas and you can make this more sustainable without sacrificing your favourites. The best way to do this is to buy food locally from shops and markets to reduce your impact while also supporting the local economy.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to make this Christmas more environmentally-friendly while still making sure that it is a special, magical and fun holiday for everyone. Everyone should be looking for ways to be more eco-friendly in their lives, especially around Christmas which can be wasteful.