Over the past few years, many of us have become more conscious of the impact our actions are having on the environment. My 2020 resolution was to be more sustainable within my daily life and of course, that includes Christmas to. Although I haven’t really documented my journey this year, I did want to mention a few ideas of how you can be more sustainable at Christmas. I believe that if we all do our bit, we can make such a positive impact.
Give Gift Experiences
I know I have written a few gift guides this year, which I will leave linked at the bottom of this post. However, another option is to give the gift of an experience rather than material gift. Not only is this more sustainable, you also aren’t cluttering up someone’s home. Even better is the fact that you are allowing someone to do something they probably wouldn’t pay for themselves. Its a great way of creating new memories too. I have been gifted a couple of these and have loved them. I’ve already done a tram driving experience and have an indoor skydive to book post covid.
Rewind ten years ago and so many people would refuse to buy second hand. Nowadays, its so much more acceptable and you can pick up some great bargains. I love nothing more than having a browse in charity shops or on Ebay and Marketplace to find things. I have also found so many items that are still in original packaging or still have tags attached.
Recycled gifts have become more popular in recent years. Making gifts out of recycled material is such a great way of giving something a new lease of life. As an aviation enthusiast, I was given a model plane made out of old cogs and other bits from actual aircraft. Other options I’ve seen are make up bags made out of recycled fabrics as well as homeware gifts made out of old tyres. There are so many great options you can find with just a quick look on the internet.
Use Sustainable Christmas Cards
In an ideal world, everyone would sent e-cards, however, understandably this isn’t for everyone. If you are still one of those people who sends Christmas cards, making sure they are sustainable is key. I already have a post all about this featuring Little Green Paper Shop , so I won’t repeat myself. However if you want to know more, check out this post.
Plan A Leftover Menu
We have all been there. Just before Christmas, you have that sudden panic that you won’t have enough food for your guests and you end up picking up a few more bits. You all have a lovely Christmas and then wake up on Boxing Day to a fridge full of food that could probably supply a whole town. Planning a leftover menu in advance is a great option. If you have a back up plan with different options for things that might be leftover, you don’t have that panic on Boxing Day. It also saves you from eating Turkey sandwiches for the next couple of days. There are so many delicious recipes on Pinterest, save a few and feel more prepared. It will even give you more time to sit and watch films or use the items you were gifted for Christmas.