How to be more sustainable this Christmas
Here at Two Farmers, we are dreaming of a green Christmas!
Whether it’s gift-giving, wrapping or decorating your home this festive season, there are a few small changes we can all make to ensure our Christmases are greener and more sustainable.
Deck the Halls
Instead of buying new Christmas decorations to deck the halls, get creative and use what you have around you. For example, recycle any used sample paint pots into cute Christmas trees or hand-paint cardboard stars to create festive tree decorations. These can be stored away safely for reminders of a crafty Christmas year after year.
Get baking! Edible decorations aren’t only fun to make, but they go down a treat with family and friends when they visit!
Reuse previously gifted present bags instead of buying new rolls of wrapping paper. Sticky tape, ribbons and wrapping covered in glitter often cannot be recycled so stay away from these. There are many sustainable options, from reusing Christmas paper bags from shopping, using recyclable paper, or using fabric wrapping that can be used year on year.
Don’t Forget Your Table Manners
Switch to eco-friendly, plastic-free crackers. Most conventional crackers cannot be recycled and are one of the most significant contributors to waste over the festive period, with the little plastic toys found inside often ending up in the bin. Look out for FSC-certified crackers or create your own crackers for a fun, festive holiday activity and fill them with personalised treats you know your loved ones will cherish.
Fill your belly and not the bin
Although the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can also be the most wasteful! As tempting as it may be, try not to over buy. One of our top tips is to prepare as much as you can in the lead-up, it makes life easier and helps to stay on top of what you have.
Support your local community and head to your local fruit and vegetable shop, farm shop or market for your Christmas dinner this year. This will reduce your food miles, and most also don’t use plastic packaging, which is an added bonus.
Gift an experience
Reduce demand for physical resources by gifting an experience to your loved ones instead. Whether it’s gifting your time or a pre-bought experience, it’s an excellent opportunity to bring people together.