10 Ideas On How To Have A Green Christmas

Although Christmas can be one of the most fun and exciting times of the year for most of us, it is unfortunately and not surprisingly one of the most wasteful times of the year too! With people in the UK wasting 54 million platefuls of food during December; chucking away 30% more rubbish than any other time of the year; and being one of the people who contributes to the 42 million pounds that is estimated to be wasted on unwanted presents each year. Why not, this year, be more conscious of the packaging you wrap your presents in, buy less but buy better and think about what you can do to be kinder to our planet this Christmas.

We have come up with our favourite tips on how you can easily be more conscious this Christmas!

Our 10 ideas on how to have a Green Christmas

1. Wrapping Presents

kid holding present in eco friendly blue big bauble wrapping paper.

People in the UK have been estimated to use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper a year and 40 million rolls of tape. If this is the case, surely it is incredibly important that we buy recycled paperbiodegradable tape and natural twine that can be recycled. You say but it's paper of course it can be recycled, however there are many wrapping papers found in high street shops that cannot be recycled because it actually contains other materials like plastic. In this case make sure to read labels thoroughly and if you receive any wrapping paper that you aren't sure can be recycled - do the scrunch test so as not to contaminate your recycle bin.

Scrunch Test

Scrunch the packaging in the palm of your hand and if it springs open again, it cannot be recycled and most likely contains plastic but if it stays in a ball, pop it in your recycling bin.

p.s. If all else fails, why not try wrapping your presents in newspaper and saved up wrap and ribbons you've collected over the year - we love wrapping your orders in it knowing we have re-purposed something that can be recycled by our recipient.

2. Vegan Christmas Dinner

vegan christmas dinner on table.

Halve the carbon emissions of your Christmas Dinner this year. Did you know that so many supermarkets this year are offering vegan Christmas dinner alternatives? It is so much easier these days to be vegan and if you aren't already, now is the perfect time to try. Even 5 years ago being vegetarian and vegan meant eating alternatives that were far from tasty and could feel like you were missing out. However, these days there are so many wonderful ways you can replicate the flavours you miss or ingredients that you can use to create something completely different! There are so many great recipes too. Our favourites are...

The Big Bosh! Christmas Dinner

Deliciously Ella’s vegan Christmas: herbed nut roast recipe

3. Secret Santa

little gift wrapped in brown paper with a tag saying secret santa on it.

As we have said before, it is estimated that approximately £42 million of Christmas presents are thrown away each year. There are ways of treating people that does not always produce waste. Why not ask your friends and family, this year, if they would like to take part in a Secret Santa. Persuade them by explaining that by only buying one gift each, you will all have more money to spend on a better present that they are more likely to want, as opposed to receiving lots of small presents that have no real meaning and are likely to be thrown away.

And if you want to eliminate the possibility of an unwanted gift completely, make sure everyone writes a list of items they would love to receive. Why not create a wishlist on The Kind Store website and make this your list that you give to your family and friends?

4. Homemade Christmas crackers

three paper crackers with orange stars on them next to a candle.

We love this idea of making your own Christmas crackers, it is super simple and easy to do and you will have the majority of the items you need around your house. The best part of this is that you can personalise each cracker with your friend or family's name and you get to pick the present inside, so you know that it will be plastic-free, eco-friendly and recyclable. Click here to find out how to make your christmas crackers this year.

5. Wear an outfit from your wardrobe

lady standing looking into her wardrobe.

Rather than buy a new outfit for Christmas and spend money on perhaps another item of clothing you will only wear once or twice. Why not save your money and save on carbon emissions and pick something from your wardrobe that is either one of your favourite outfits or you have only worn once or twice before. I am sure your wallet and the world will breath a sigh of relief. Or perhaps if you really do want to wear something you haven't worn before, why not get some friends involved and swap some of your lovely items of clothes with theirs or you could always buy pre-loved items from a charity shop.

6. Gift homemade vegan beauty products

person holding glass jars and bottles.

There are so many super simple and cheap DIY beauty products you can easily make out there and all the products you buy to make them will go so far, that you could even make a couple for yourself too! Here is a super simple but lovely DIY body butter recipe, that uses 3 simple ingredients Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil (instead of Safflower Oil) & Lavender Essential Oil. There are so many recipes out there so why not get creative and wow your friends and family with something made specifically for them!

7. Make vegan cookies

gingerbread men vegan laid out on plate next to dip.

This tasty gingerbread biscuit recipe is perfect and once they are made they will go down a treat with friends and family. Plus, because they are home made there is no pesky plastic packaging wrapping them up. We love gifting food treats to our loved ones and so why not make this a new tradition and gift yummy and edible gifts instead. If you do not have the time to make something, you could also buy plastic-free and vegan foods like these double chocolate hazelnut biscuits or these vegan chocolate marshmallow biscuit gift box.

8. Reverse advent calendar

homemade advent calendar.

If you haven't heard of a reverse advent calendar this is a great way of giving back, rather than receiving something every day on the lead up to Christmas. So instead of taking something out of an advent calendar, you put something into a bag, like food or an item of clothing that at the end of the month you will give to a charity or food bank.

It is actually super fun and so satisfying reaching the end of the month and seeing this big bag of useful and/or yummy things that you have collected and are able to gift to someone in need. 

Another idea, would be filling a homemade advent calendar full of little kind, thoughtful and eco-conscious things you could do through the month of December and so each day you pull out a slip of paper and do what it says. For example it could say 'offer a smile to a stranger' or 'pick up 5 pieces of litter' or 'do not buy anything in plastic today'.

These would both be great fun to do with kids!

9. Christmas Tree

wooden christmas tree.

 

It is estimated that 12,000 tonnes of the total waste during the festive period, will be the 8 million Christmas Trees that people buy. This is so damaging to the environment and there are so many eco-friendly ways to have a Christmas tree or a few. This above picture is similar to what we have at The kind Store HQ, it is a tree made from wood that we use time and time again. You could try to make one yourself or buy one and re-use it. Another option would be to rent a real tree if you truly cannot think of a Christmas without one, google a local farm that will allow you to pick it up and drop it back once Christmas is over!

10. The Kind Christmas Box, from £25

the kind gift box ethical vegan and sustainable.

This is a go to for ethical Christmas gifting made easy! The Kind Christmas Box is our surprise box, packed full of our most popular and best-selling vegan and eco gifts. We will post the The Kind Box direct to your loved one the week before Christmas...or direct to you if you want to treat yourself. It is great if you can't decide what to buy your loved one, we take the stress out of gift-giving and make it green. Plus, we now do a 3 month subscription service on our Kind Box, which means that you can surprise your loved one with three separate boxes throughout those colder, darker months, when you need a pick me up the most. Alternatively, treat yourself!

 

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