Our favourite ways to tread a little lighter this Christmas
Image courtesy of our wonderful friend Northern Sky Flowers.
During the festive season we waste up to 230,000 tonnes of food, we get through up to 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and throw away around 227,000 miles worth of wrapping paper, and there are unwanted gifts and fashion purchases that are likely to only be worn once.
It's understandable why many of us hit peak overwhelm around this time of year, but there are so many ways to celebrate in a more people and planet-friendly way.
Our favourite ways to celebrate the festive season
Image courtesy of Our Lovely Goods, available from the shop.
- Reuse existing wrapping (that you cleverly saved from last year) or opt for reusable materials such cotton or linen with natural jute twine.
- Choose gifts from small, local businesses, opting for timeless over seasonal gifts.
- Skip the Secret Santa and suggest a group charity donation instead.
- Meal planning and prep are key in order to reduce food waste.
- Consider a predominately plant-based Christmas Dinner.
- Rent, swap, borrow or wear something you already own to this year's Christmas events.
- If you are celebrating with a Christmas Tree, Friends of the Earth advise you to look for one that is locally produced, or grown in the UK with an FSC certification.
- Donate or volunteer at your local food bank, or donate gifts to those in need.
- Consider a bespoke gifting service, making sure they get something just perfect for them (ask us about ours in store).
- Help kickstart their zero waste journey by gifting them with a plastic free starter pack from your local refill store.
- Spend time with friends, family, take time for yourself, rest and enjoy some fresh air and long walks - these are the real gifts :)