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10 Tips for a Sustainable Christmas in 2023

21 Dec 2023

The holiday season is just around the corner and most of us are looking forward to taking a break from work, spending some quality time with our loved ones, exchanging gifts and celebrating. While we just want to relax and enjoy ourselves, we shouldn’t forget about the toll our festive habits can take on our planet. From excess waste to those energy-intensive decorations we all love, the environmental impact of our celebrations can be significant. It might be time to rethink our traditions and create some more sustainable ones, so we can celebrate the season with a lighter ecological footprint.

In this blog post, we will share 10 practical tips for a more sustainable Christmas, which can help us leave a more mindful and positive impact on both our lives and the environment.

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Tip 1: Eco-friendly decorations

When it comes to making your home festive, there are a lot of eco-friendly alternatives for decorations that can add some warmth and charm to your space without harming the environment. If you are looking for new decorations, try to avoid buying plastic ones, as they are difficult to recycle and will eventually end up in landfills, contributing to already alarming plastic pollution. Instead, consider choosing reusable, or recycled decorations made from metal, wood or natural fabric. They will last longer and are more eco-friendly, so even if they end up in a landfill, they will not do so much harm.

Wooden Decorations for a Sustainable Christmas

If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, you can try making your own ornaments and wreaths using materials like old fabric or fallen twigs and pinecones. Add some oranges or berries, which you can later use or compost. This way, your decorations will still spread holiday cheer but also tell a story of mindfulness and sustainability.

Tip 2: Mindful gift wrapping

A shocking amount of wrapping paper and cardboard packaging ends up in bins after Christmas, and a lot of it is not recyclable as it contains glitter and foil. Add all those bows, cards and tape, and you’ll get the picture of why it is important to opt for more eco-friendly alternatives. Consider using reusable fabric, newspaper, or recycled paper as wrapping materials.

You can get creative and add some handcrafted elements or use natural materials like twine, leaves or dried flowers instead of plastic bows. You can also look up ’furoshiki’ for some ideas on how to wrap your gifts using fabric. All these eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas will help reduce waste and add a touch of uniqueness to your presents at the same time.

Tip 3: Conscious gift giving

Being more mindful when it comes to gift-giving can benefit both the recipient and the planet. Instead of choosing physical items, you can opt for experiences that will create lasting memories for your loved ones, such as tickets to a concert, a cooking class or a nature retreat. If you are creative and crafty, opt for handmade items. Most people will truly cherish the presents that someone made just for them. If you do choose to buy physical items, there are still plenty of eco-friendly options. You can buy from brands that are committed to sustainability, opt for zero-waste products, products made from eco-friendly materials or gifts that give back to the planet in some way.

Whether you are looking for a present for your friend, partner, child or colleague, we’ve made up these lists to give you some useful sustainable gift ideas:

This year, let your gifts convey not just the joy of giving, but also a commitment to a more mindful and sustainable way of celebrating the spirit of generosity.

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Tip 4: Energy-efficient lighting

All those lights that make Christmas so warm and magical also use a lot of energy. While it would probably be too much to ask to avoid using them altogether, there is still something we can do to minimise our energy footprint. Consider switching to LED lights, which not only last longer but also consume significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Turn off the lights during the night or when you are not in. You can get timers to control your lights, especially if you are forgetful. Additionally, you could reduce your overall energy consumption by opting for solar-powered outdoor lights. It’s a win-win for both our wallets and our planet.

Tip 5: Sustainable Christmas tree options

Christmas tree- the most universal symbol of this holiday and probably the hardest one to give up. Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to. But instead of buying a traditional cut tree, opt for a potted one that can be replanted after the holiday. You can also look for rental services in your area that will allow you to enjoy your tree without contributing to deforestation.

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If you do buy a cut tree, there are a few ways you can dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way- you can use it as firewood, recycle it, mulch it or compost it. If you already have a plastic tree, use it- it’s better than throwing it away and sending it to a landfill. Another option is to get creative with DIY tree alternatives, like repurposing wooden pallets or crafting a tree from recycled materials.

Tip 6: Responsible holiday feasting

One-third of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are associated with food production, consumption and disposal. Every year, large amounts of food are thrown away after Christmas dinner. In order to avoid this, some of us also tend to overeat just because there is so much food around. A mindful choice would be to simply buy less food in the first place. This would benefit both our well-being and the planet. Also, consider buying locally sourced and organic ingredients for your holiday meals.

Supporting local farmers boosts the community and also reduces the carbon footprint produced by long-distance transportation. To minimise food waste, plan your meals beforehand, so you can use ingredients more efficiently. If there are any leftovers, transform them into new dishes, or just freeze them and save them for later.

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Tip 7: Eco-friendly Christmas cards

Sending holiday greetings is a cherished tradition, but instead of sending physical Christmas cards, why not opt for digital ones? This way, we will help reduce paper consumption and save some trees and it will also reduce the carbon emission generated by traditional mail transportation. They will save you some time and money as well. If you prefer tangible cards, look for ones made from recycled, recyclable or compostable paper to minimise your environmental impact. Plant lovers would probably appreciate receiving a plantable card which contains seeds. If you are a fan of DIY, make your own personalised cards with recycled paper, natural elements like pressed flowers, or even repurposed materials from around the house.

Tip 8: Green transportation

Christmas is all about family get-togethers and they often involve travelling. The way we choose to travel can play an important role when it comes to minimising our environmental impact. Consider some greener transportation options such as shared shopping trips, carpooling, using public transportation, or even opting for virtual celebrations to reduce travel emissions. If you would like to offset the carbon footprints related to your holiday travel, look for initiatives like carbon offset programs or support environmental projects that work towards reducing emissions.

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Tip 9: Supporting sustainable brands

To contribute to a more sustainable Christmas when doing your holiday shopping, think about supporting eco-conscious companies. Recommend and choose products from businesses committed to sustainable practices. Look for brands that focus on fair trade and ethical sourcing and use eco-friendly materials in their products. Whether you’re into sustainable fashion, eco-friendly home goods, or thoughtfully crafted gifts, there are plenty of choices to share the joy of the season while making a positive impact. And it’s not just about the immediate effect- when we support sustainable businesses, we encourage a shift toward a more responsible and environmentally conscious marketplace.

Tip 10: Sharing sustainable ideas

As the holidays approach, think about how talking about simple, eco-friendly tips can make a big difference in making our celebrations more sustainable. Encourage your friends and family to share what they've learned about being kind to the environment. Having casual chats about sustainable practices can create a ripple effect. Even small changes in holiday traditions, like using eco-friendly decorations or rethinking travel plans, can add up to a greener future. When we share what we know, we not only help ourselves make better choices, but we also inspire others to do the same. Let's use the holiday season as a chance to not just celebrate but also make a shared commitment to a more eco-friendly and joyful way of celebrating.


So, here's our idea: try out these 10 tips, share them with your friends and family, and let's all work together to make the holiday season at least a little bit greener. With everyone pitching in, we can bring some sustainability into our Christmas traditions and turn this holiday into a celebration that's not just about giving joy but also giving a healthier, happier home to our planet.

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