1. A Sustainable Christmas Tree
2. Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations
Avoid buying metal and plastic baubles, and instead try making your own decorations. How about baking gingerbread biscuits and hanging them up with ribbon? You can decorate them with icing in any colours you want, and of course, there’s the added benefit of being able to eat them later on, not to mention the delicious smell of baking that will permeate your house.
Making bunting from recycled fabrics from your local charity shop, or from your own clothes that you don’t wear any more is another easy DIY idea – no sewing required! Just cut fabric into triangles and thread it onto string or ribbon to brighten up your home in a jiffy. There are also a huge number of different things you can make with scrap paper and card – from simple snowflakes to more elaborate paper ornaments and whole Christmas villages.
3. Energy-Saving and Heating
4. Alternative Christmas Gifts
5. Recycled Gift Wrap
6. Conscious Consumption in the Kitchen
Thinking about what you put on your plate this Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean having to cut back on the Christmas cheer. All around the world, we are consuming more and more meat and dairy products – the most resource-intensive food there is – so even slightly reducing your intake of these two food groups can make your Christmas dinner slightly more sustainable. Rather than loading your plate with as much meat as possible, try and enjoy quality over quantity. Buy your turkey – or whatever it is you choose – from a local butcher of farmers’ market rather than the supermarket, and make sure that it’s free-range and organic. This means they’ve been less energy-intensively farmed, and they’ll taste better too.
Simple but effective: keeping the lids on when cooking and using the right-sized pans for the right-sized hobs are both easy ways to save on energy. Try to minimise waste wherever you can – make soup from the meat bones, and freeze any leftovers for later in the year.
When buying imported goods such as citrus fruits, cocoa and coffee – look for a fair trade label. And when buying other ingredients for your Christmas feast try to purchase things that are regional, organic and seasonal too.
The RESET Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
Author: Marisa Pettit / RESET Editorial, December 2017