No! No! No! to a wasteful Christmas

Yes, it’s just 20 days until Christmas, the time for decorating, eating and gift-giving. It is also the time of the year where our bins get the fullest! It’s not a surprise we make more rubbish than usual but we can all do something to waste less.

Let’s have a reuseful Christmas this year!

1. Not all that glitters is gold

Cards with glitter, foil and other sparkly bits can’t be recycled.  So, choose cards and wrapping paper that are just made of paper and card.

Zero waste option:  Use social media or messaging apps instead

2. That’s a wrap

We all know that paper and card can be recycled, but not all wrapping paper is actually made of paper.  Instead of buying, make your own wrapping paper using stuff you already have around the house, like newspaper, leftover wallpaper, an old shoe box. If you’re missing the sparkle, then the ultimate recyclable wrapping solution that requires absolutely no sticky tape is aluminium foil… just make sure it doesn’t get mistaken for something destined for the oven.

Zero waste option:  On Christmas day, unwrap your presents carefully and then reuse the wrapping paper to wrap the gifts you are giving (We kid you not, this has been done).

3. All I want for Christmas…

We all have that one person who is impossible to buy a gift for.  To avoid the look of disappointment, treat them to an experience, a voucher or a meal out.

You don’t even have to buy a new gift.  There are loads of charity and vintage shops that sell quality items.  Or if you are crafty and have some time on your hands, why not make something. Check out this throwback blog post for some ho ho homemade Christmas gift inspirations.

Zero waste option:  Include the gift receipt so they have the option to exchange it.

4. Who ate all the…

There’s no denying that eating (and more eating) is a big part of Christmas. Plan your meals in advance, write a shopping list and stick to it! Whatever you do, don’t go shopping on an empty stomach.

For the food waste that is unavoidable like peelings and bones, put then in your food and garden bin and they’ll be compost by Valentine’s Day!

5. Batteries not included

Everyone can relate to the moment when you get a new gadget for Christmas and there are no batteries included.  Be prepared and get some reusable batteries, they will save you money in the long run.

6. DIY

If you’re in need of some new Christmas decorations, have a go and make your own out of stuff from around the house! Having a crafty afternoon is a great way to keep the kids occupied. Check out our Christmas craft blog post for some inspiration.

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