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Five ways to make your Christmas a little greener

1. Christmas trees

Think about your carbon footprint

Pulling the old artificial tree out of the loft might be a Christmas tradition for many, but have you considered if it’s the best thing for the environment? The Carbon Trust estimated that two-metre artificial Christmas tree has a carbon footprint ten-times larger than a real one, so you’ll need to make that trip to the loft for at least ten years to have the same impact.

Christmas tree disposal

If you dispose of your tree in the landfill, it will account for around 16kg of carbon. However, this can be reduced by up to 80% if it is disposed of properly by chipping or burning. You could even buy a Christmas tree in the pot and then plant it in your garden after Christmas, which would even have a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Visit here to find out how to dispose of your tree correctly.

Alternative Christmas trees

There are many alternatives to a traditional  Christmas tree on Pinterest that you can use recycled materials.

Do you have a big library at home? Build a book tree:

A christmas tree made out of books

Or if you live by the beach, why not build a Christmas tree from driftwood?

Do you have pets or small children? This might be a perfect idea. However, make sure you use LED lights.

Click here for more inspiration.

2. Gift wrapping

Did you know that majority wrapping paper and bows are unrecyclable, and all end up in landfill? Consider swapping your standard wrapping paper for:

Brown paper

There are so many different ways how you can wrap your gifts, brown paper, and natural decorations

After some inspiration? Have a look here.

Hold Christmas wrapping paper swap party

Do you keep bows, wrapping paper and Christmas cards after the holidays? December is a great time to get together with your friends and hold a wrapping paper exchange party.

Fabric and fabric bags

You can buy reusable gift bags or sew your own gift bags. Or sewing is not your strongest suit, why not wrap gifts in fabric?

Have a look here.

Recyclable wrapping paper

There are plenty of recyclable wrapping papers that you can buy. Click here to find out more.

3. Christmas decorations

There are so many ways you can make Christmas decorations.

Dried citrus decorations

Dried citrus decorations will make your house smell so Christmassy. Dry slices of orange and team them with cinnamon and cloves.

Also, you can use dried fruit instead of baubles for your Christmas tree.

Popcorn garland

Replace your regular tinsel with adding popcorn and cranberry garland.

More ideas available here.

Scented salt dough ornaments

They smell amazing, and you can make them whatever shape you want.

Check out this link to see how to make your own scented salt dough ornaments:


Recycled ornaments

If you want a traditional shop bought decorations, visit your local charity shop. This will help items stay out of landfill and will support a good cause.  Don’t forget to take any unwanted decorations to your local charity shop for someone else to discover.

Ethically made decorations

Look up small local businesses that make Christmas decorations. Also, Google research will offer plenty of websites that sell ethical Christmas decorations. We have found this wonderful Ethical Shop with plenty more on Google and also you can look for small ethical business on Etsy. 

LED fairy lights

Also, don’t forget to use LED fairy lights instead of incandescent ones because they use 90% less energy.  An average power per 100 fairy lights is 40w, let's say you keep them on for 6 hours for 30 days and you have 700 fairly lights around your house. They would cost you £7.80 if your household is powered by our most recent tariff. However, if you had the same amount of LED lights, they would only cost you £0.70 for exactly the same amount of time. To learn how we calculate it please visit Which website.

4. Christmas gifts

Why not give memories rather than gifts?

Tickets to shows or amusement parks trip away or meals out. This won’t only mean you get to spend more time with the important people in your life, but will also keep unwanted gifts out of the landfill.

Preloved gifts


You can find some amazing goodies on eBay or in your local Oxfam shop. This will not only raise some money for a local business or a charity.

Preloved toys

more people are now participating in a “second hand Christmas”, which is great for those families on a budget and also helps reduce the 8.5 million new, perfectly good toys are thrown away every year in the UK.

Ethical gifts

Buy your gifts from local sellers or buy ethical gifts. This not only helps small business owners and the economy but also will be good for the environment.

5. Carpool and use public transport

Roads get busy during the Christmas period and parking can be a pain. Make a point of carpooling where possible or take advantage of public transport and if you’ve overindulged on the turkey and mince pies, why not take a walk instead of the car – your waistline might thank you!


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