With December just around the corner, preparations for the festive season are well underway and Christmas is a joyful time to be spent with family, friends and food! However, being mindful of the planet is an on-going commitment and needs to be remembered throughout the period of festivities. Here’s a few things to consider to help you enjoy your holidays without the planet paying the price.

A sprig of holly - It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Trees

It is difficult to say whether a truly green Christmas tree exists. Whilst artificial trees may seem to be the ‘baddies’ in the eyes of the environment, the sustainability can only be determined by how many times you can reuse it. There are numerous ways so-called ‘real’ trees can be eco-friendly. Buying from organically registered retailers, growing your own, recycling old trees and renting are just a few ways to contribute to your Eco-Christmas.

Gifts

It goes without saying that the exchanging of gifts plays a major role at Christmas in households across the country. But for those wanting to try a slightly greener approach this Christmas, remember it really is the thought that counts! Instead of buying physical items for your loved ones, try making a donation in their name or pledging to do something nice for them in the new year. Remember experiences make for brilliant and thoughtful gifts without the need for wrapping paper! If you must spoil someone special, a break in one of our eco pods makes an excellent present.

Food

Whilst food is at the centre of many celebrations, your culinary choices do not have to impact the planet this Christmas. Is the turkey becoming more trouble than its worth? Vegetarian and vegan dishes could be the answer to your foot-print free festivities with a wide variety of resourceful recipes to satisfy every palate this season. Meat-lovers, if you simply cannot live without it, ensuring the produce is organic and preferably locally-sourced will contribute to the cause. As if you need reminding, but the transformation of leftovers is not only a delicious and creative way to enjoy new meals but can also save money and cut waste. Brussel sprout curry anyone?

Decorations

The amount of paper used over the holidays season is equivalent to 5-12 million litres of biofuel – in other words enough to power a bus to the moon 20 times! An inventful way to wrap your presents is using the magazines and newspapers already in your recycling. Reduce your card footprint by embracing the culture of E-cards. A much more fun and entertaining way to spread you well wishes is online, where the content can be personalised, interactive and resourceful all for a fraction of the cost! Homemade decorations are always the ones most noticed and craft days are a good way to keep the kids busy when they’re at home. That’s three birds with one stone.

Go the extra mile and trade the telly for a family walk, swap stories or play some old-school board games.  Now you’ve done all the preparation you can, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your eco-friendly festivities.

Image credit:  John Kent

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