Christmas is about celebrating, spending time with family and eating and drinking together. However, just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean that we have to forget about our ethical principles. The festive period results in a lot of waste, much more than at other times of the year. Here are some tips to keep your environmental impact over the holiday to a minimum and enjoy a sustainable Christmas.

Support Local Makers

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Buying local not only supports local producers and manufacturers but it also significantly reduces the distance your products travel to sit under the Christmas tree.

YouK lists over 4,800 UK brands producing goods locally, so take a look at what’s made near you!

Over 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown out, rather than recycled this year! Buying locally-made goods reduces the need for excessive plastic packaging as they don’t need to be protected during transport.

Look to Sustainable Decor

Instead of buying new plastic decorations every year for a trendy colour theme, look to quality, handcrafted decorations made from materials which will last for years and can be recycled once they have come to the end of their life.

Reduce Food Waste

Are you throwing things in the shopping basket because they just look good? Not sure who’ll want it, but surely someone will?

Think again. Every year millions of slices of turkey, pigs in blankets and mince pies are thrown out. Try to buy what you need, not what you want and think about creative ways to use leftovers rather than throwing it out!

Think Twice about Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper might be pretty or sparkly, but approximately 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper is thrown away or burnt every year in the UK.

Why not recycle gift bags you’ve received in previous years, or use wrapping paper without plastic in? If you scrunch the paper up and it springs back, it’s most likely covered with a plastic film which can’t be recycled.

The same applies for Christmas Crackers! Most are made from non-recyclable materials and contain gifts that will entertain for a few minutes at most before being thrown away.

Go Veggie for the Holiday!

Hear us out on this one. Approximately 20,000 tonnes of turkey will be consumed in the UK this year. This represents a significant proportion of the 950 million birds Brits consume annually.

The good news is that there are a huge number of veggie and vegan alternatives which have a lower environmental impact and don’t compromise on taste!

Even if you want to eat meat on Christmas day, you could try going vegan on Boxing Day or even try Veganuary!

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