Eco Ems 10 Tips for a Zero Waste Christmas
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10 TIPS FOR A ZERO WASTE CHRISTMAS
I often speak to people who don’t know where to begin when it comes to Zero Waste, let alone a low waste Christmas. Let’s face it this year we’ve seen people really rein in their spending and contrary to popular belief making zero waste and low waste swaps can help save money.
This month I wanted to put together my top ten tips for wasting less this Christmas. This will not only help the planet but also your purse. This list is not exhaustive and if you have any you’d like to share please don’t hesitate to get involved on my socials @ Eco Ems Gifts.
1. PLANNING & SHOPPING
Every year 270,000 tonnes of food waste goes uneaten and ends up being wasted during the Christmas season alone. This number shocks me, I often talk about food waste and composting but at Christmas we can reduce this massively by planning ahead. And ask yourself do you really need to stockpile 6 boxes of mince pies? Can you find a recipe for leftover turkey to freeze, and do you need to buy 5 puddings for the family?
2. LIGHTS & DECORATIONS
I’ve seen the Christmas decorations and lights all around the houses throughout the town. It’s great to see everyone getting into the festivities. When you leave the house turn the lights off or put them on a timer and where possible use LED’s. You can also make a lot of your own decorations. Such as macrame wreaths and Christmas tree decorations, I’ll be sharing some ideas on socials – keep your eyes peeled.
3. CHRISTMAS CARDS
My friends and I haven’t sent Christmas cards for a few years, a thoughtful message or E-Card is just as loving. The money that I used to spend on Christmas cards is now donated. This year I am supporting the Trussell Trust alongside my reverse advent calendar. Saving some of the 1 billion cards which are sent each year, that ultimately end up in the recycling bin.
4. WRAPPING YOUR GIFTS
Have you heard of furoshiki? The Japanese method of wrapping gifts in cloth that can be reused time and time again. Alternatively reuse gift bags or brown paper, that can be recycled, and you can decorate with your own twist. With holly, twine, mistletoe you can really get creative and add your personality.
5. MAKE YOUR OWN
Gifting local and small always ensures I have lovingly chosen my gifts. However, if you have some extra time and want to try making your own gifts, homemade chutney, jam, or any preserve is a great gift at this time of year. Plus making a gift you can eat can never go to waste.
6. CHRISTMAS TREE
I bought my Christmas tree many years ago and more recently I was given a second-hand tree which I’ve used a couple of times. There is a debate on whether a real or fake Christmas tree is better for the environment…. I don’t know the definitive answer. But if you are looking for a tree this year, try to buy second hand, this also includes your decorations. Then you can reuse them next year and the year after that.
7. GIFTING GRACIOUSLY
I would never want to be ungrateful but there are times, when you get given something that just doesn’t suit you, might not fit or it’s not your style. In these instances, think about re-gifting or taking them to return in the shop. Rather than keeping something you will never use.
8. GIVING TO OTHERS
Charitable donations are another way of gifting on behalf of your loved ones who are difficult to buy for. Supporting your local animal sanctuary, food bank, nature reserve or many more good causes. This could be gifted on behalf of a family member, or you may be in a fortunate position where you’d like to give a donation at Christmas. Pick one that is close to their heart or that you know supports your local community.
Spending time with family and friends throughout the Christmas season is the best bit for me. Being together and recalling the year we’ve had and being grateful for each other’s company. We always bring a plate usually organising through the family WhatsApp group whose bringing what. This means there’s little left over and not too much of one thing.
10. DITCH THE PLASTIC
Overall whether you’re cooking, decorating, gifting, or partying, avoid plastic. There are plenty of reusable alternatives, and if you’re short on ideas always think back to the good old days. When plastic wasn’t an option.
I hope I have inspired you to give zero waste a go this year. If you do have any questions or suggestions, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. I always love hearing from you and wish you all the Merriest of Christmas’s.
Enjoy your time with family and friends.
Thank you for reading this weeks blog, 10 Tips for a Zero Waste Christmas.
Peace and love
Eco Em xx