It’s Christmas again, and like every year, I like to remind myself of the best way to have a sustainable Christmas. According to some experts, in the Christmas season, we generate between 10% and 30% more waste than in the rest of the year.
Small changes we can make to make a difference in reducing our environmental footprint during Christmas. Buying intelligently, especially local and local products, and thinking about traceability is key. For example some:
Reuse your last Christmas decorations: Throughout Christmas, look at everything and think about whether or not it can be reused before you bin it. Christmas lights that we use to decorate the house, consume a lot of energy, even affecting nocturnal animals. If you use LED lights, you will be saving energy, last up to 20 times longer than traditional bulbs.
And what is a sustainable Christmas?
Choose a live tree: Live potted trees can be used for years: If you buy a small tree in a large pot, you may be able to reuse the tree for 2- 3 years without having to plant or repot the tree. If your tree becomes root-bound, you can replant it in a larger pot for several years of extended use. After Christmas, there are some points in the city where you can leave the tree: Check them here.
Reduce your food waste: One option is to buy less. That can be tricky though when you have many guests. Food waste not only generates economic losses but also causes damage to the environment. In the world, a third of food is lost or wasted; In December, the problem can be doubled by a large amount of food used for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities. A large part of the products that are prepared during these festivities end up in the garbage when they could still be fit for human consumption.
Look for Locally ade Gifts: Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from the other side of the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation. And gifts made locally often have a story which goes with the gift, since the artisan and the origin of the gift are known.
During these festivities, you can contribute as volunteers to the Food Bank or give them products that can have a second life.
Wrapping gifts in a different way: There are many options which are cost-free, attractive solutions. Gift bags can be made using fabric scraps, or wrapping can be made using old magazines and newspapers, or you can decorate a blank paper using different creative ideas. Here you have some inspiration: Handfie.
I guess there are many things you can do, the most important thing is that you spend a wonderful time taking care of the environment that supports us all. Happy Christmas!