Have Yourself a Merry Eco Christmas!

We are well into the swing of things and Christmas is just around the corner!

This year environmental issues and global warming have been a hot topic and it’s at the forefront of the decisions people are making. Christmas is no different and many people are now opting for decorations that are sustainable and less damaging to the environment.

When it comes to Christmas trees, you could rent a real Christmas tree whereby a local farm or company will replant it for you after Christmas, or you could buy a planted on that you can replant and use the following year. If you do opt for a plastic tree, the stats show that you’d have to use it for 22 consecutive years for it to become sustainable.

In January it’s predicted that seven million trees will be dumped rather than recycled, so if you do get a cut tree, make sure you put it in or next to your brown bin for council collection.

Finally visit bctga.co.uk or growninbritain.org to find out about Christmas trees in your local area to reduce your carbon footprint.

Consider sending electronic Christmas cards and if you do want to post something to a friend or family member, choose a card made from recycled paper or one that donates part of the proceeds to charity.

Wrapping paper is another item that you should be conscious of buying – the rule of thumb is that if it can be scrunched up and stays that way, it’s recyclable. If it springs back, then it is likely to have plastic in its composition.

Swap your Christmas lights for LED bulbs which are much more energy efficient and when shopping for Christmas food try and buy from local food producers and farms.

Crackers get thrown away every year so consider making your own. This means you can fill it with something you know your guests will love rather than plastic items that ultimately end up in the bin.

Fill your home with natural products such as fresh Holly, Mistletoe and evergreen foliage. Use natural products to adorn your mantlepiece, for a wreath on your door, foliage on your staircase or just to hang in the kitchen for a festive feel. Use fairy lights for an added festive feel.  You can even place natural foliage around food serving plates and to frame candles as a centrepiece.

Follow these tips to not only help the planet but to give yourself a feel-good Christmas!