Some tips on how to be more sustainable this Christmas:
- Quality not quantity: Around half of UK adults say they have received gifts they don’t want at Christmas1. When buying gifts think less but better, putting the time into picking a quality item that will last a long time.
- Gift an experience: Gifting an experience for your loved ones will reduce demand for physical resources. Bring people together by gifting your time or a pre-bought experience.
- Think about materials: Look at the materials gifts are made from and keep sustainability in mind. Ensure wood and paper gifts are made from recycled or certified materials.
- Remove packaging: Reduce waste even further by buying gifts with little or no packaging. Sometimes shopping local can help with this, especially if you have a local refill shop.
- Cut your food waste:Food production is the biggest cause of tropical deforestation. Try to cut any waste by planning ahead – be realistic about how much food you need and use up leftovers. Instead of clingfilm, use Tupperware, foil and wax cloth covers to keep leftovers nice and fresh!
- Eat seasonally: Make your shopping basket more sustainable by buying seasonal products, locally produced where possible.
- Think about your lights: Use LED lights on your Christmas tree, they use less energy, last longer and look just as good!
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