IT really is possible to have a great Christmas and keep it sustainable, while also saving money.
Making simple changes or swaps will often cut down on spending and it will inspire you to get creative, so it’s a win-win situation all round!
Here’s five tips to help you have a sustainable Christmas:
1) When we purchase or consume anything, there is usually some kind of environmental cost – use of materials, where they may have come from, carbon costs of production and distribution, potential for pollution or emissions during production processes and the list goes on.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way – just cutting down on Christmas shopping will help. Buying upcycled or second-hand gifts can be just as good, if not more lovely than something new and will reduce the impact of your shopping and save you money.
2) Shop locally! This year, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. Shopping locally helps the local economy, reduces the carbon footprint of your Christmas shopping and you can often find something unique and individual from small independent traders not found elsewhere.
Although most shops have been unable to open fully in the run up to Christmas this year, many are offering postal services, deliveries or click and collect services, and they will really appreciate your support.
3) Hand-crafted, homemade gifts have a wonderful personal touch, so you could try creating your own gifts, e.g. bake a cake or some cookies put them in a dish or jar from a charity shop, make your own cloth caps for lids of jam jars and put some home cooked goodies inside, knit, sew, paint or craft a gift – it will be a one off and unique to you, whether it’s perfect or not!
4) Use your local greengrocers, farm shop, market or veg box delivery scheme when shopping for your Christmas groceries. This will reduce food miles, carbon footprint and it’s usually plastic free.
5) The tradition of sending Christmas cards is a lovely one, but to minimise the environmental impact of all that paper and all those deliveries, it’s worth considering whether you can convey your Christmas greetings some other way, such as a call to family or friends or an e-card as an alternative.
Sending e-card via local Lyme Regis based charity The Word Forest Organisation will also contribute to planting trees so you can even have a positive impact while spreading Christmas cheer! Visit ecards.wordforest.org/product-category/charity-ecards-christmas to browse their selection.
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