Christmas is a time of indulgence and frivolity for many – even more so after festivities were cancelled last year, meaning many are keen to go bigger than ever for the 2021 festive season. But, given the climate change emergency we are facing, it would be a tragedy for the nation to gear up for a festive season full of waste and excess. Instead, we offer some top tips on how to have a more eco-friendly Christmas without scrimping on the fun and festivities
Get a greener tree
Cutting down real trees doesn’t exactly smack of planet-friendly behaviour either, although it is worth noting that farmed firs from sustainable operations are replanted and absorb a good amount of carbon from the air whilst they are growing. If you buy a cut tree, make sure you source as local as possible and look for those approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Real trees can also be recycled, so don’t send them to landfill, where they will end up creating harmful methane gas. Look out for local collections.
Other alternatives are having a living potted tree that you keep and re-use every year, moving it out into a safe spot in the garden after Christmas. It will become like one of the family and you can watch it grow over the years. Or, the latest initiative is to rent a living tree, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of it year round.
Get creative with your wrapping
Reduce food waste
Another top tip is to eat the food in your freezer in the lead up to the big day, leaving plenty of space for leftovers. Any remaining turkey and ham can then be sliced, wrapped in parchment and frozen. Believe it or not, you can even freeze leftover stilton and save it to use in a host of warming winter dishes, such as stilton & bacon gratin, mac & cheese, and broccoli & stilton soup. If you still end up with tasty morsels that need a good home, then download a foodsharing app, like Olio, which connects people with surplus food to neighbours in need.
Say no to single-use crackers
Choose greener products
With everything else taken care of, make sure you’re sitting pretty on a set of sustainable furniture to host your eco-friendly Christmas. LifestyleGarden® offers a wide range of responsibly-made indoor and outdoor furniture, constructed from FSC hardwood and an array of recycled materials. The striking Nassau collection boasts a stylish six-seater dining set, which can be taken apart and fully recycled, with zero waste or damage to the environment, at the end of its life.