Have yourself a very eco-friendly Christmas
‘Tis the most wonderful – and the most wasteful – time of the year. As such, planning for a sustainable Christmas with eco-friendly Christmas ideas is important to all of your greater green goals. As with any other time of year, the most powerful changes are the simplest ones. Keep reading to find out why it is important to focus on having a more sustainable Christmas – with eco-friendly Christmas ideas to inspire you in some easy changes.
Christmas Waste: The Facts and Stats
The holidays are such a joyful time to celebrate friends and family. This makes it easy to overlook the darker side of Christmas – the waste.
- Plastic Packaging: Around 114 000 tonnes of plastic packaging was thrown away and not recycled in 2020.
- General Rubbish: Approximately 30% more waste is produced over the Christmas period in comparison with other times of the year. Biffa has also been reporting as saying that more than 100 million bags of rubbish are sent to landfill each year.
- Food Waste: Four million Christmas dinners are thrown away each year. That’s around 3000 tonnes of turkey packaging waste, with the plastic waste apparently amounting to the weight of 30 blue whales.
- Wrapping Paper Waste: Polls in recent years also showed Brits use around 108 million rolls of wrapping paper. In previous years, this was alarmingly alleged to be enough to reach the moon.
Christmas Card Waste: It is estimated that one billion Christmas cards are bought in the United Kingdom each year.
- Christmas Tree Waste: Six million Christmas trees are bought every year – many of which are disposed of, ending up in landfill.
Waste Bags: The increase in waste naturally results in increased waste bags. England uses approximately 100 million black bags over the festive season to dispose of packaging waste.
Striving For Sustainability: What Makes an Eco-Friendly Christmas So Important
As our waste statistics clearly show, the Festive Season is undeniably a time of excess – in every way. It’s easy to become insulated in our views, but our individual attitudes are mirrored in households and businesses across the country. In addition, the collective effect of our Christmas waste as a nation should be viewed within the global context. With the bulk of this waste being diverted to landfill, these patterns of behaviour quite simply need to shift to avoid environmental catastrophe.
While our individual and household attitudes are vitally important, businesses have the potential to make the greatest impact by adopting new, eco-friendly approaches for sustainable Christmas – and daily – changes.
How To Have an Eco Christmas: Top Tips
Waste Not, Want Not
Exercise true mindfulness when it comes to gift giving. With so many gifts being discarded over the Festive Season, a simple way to avoid waste is to take the time to give real consideration to meaningful gift-giving. Where a gift is unwanted, donate these gifts to a worthy cause – but avoid throwing them straight into landfill. Engage your friends and family to do the same.
Food For Thought
1315 tonnes of wasted turkey. 375 tonnes of wasted mince pies. It is a common occurrence to over-cater rather than under-cater over Christmastime. By diverting all of this food to landfill, together with its packaging, we are contributing to damaging emissions and the environmental emergency.
This year, strive to cook what you need and make plans for any leftovers to reduce waste. Save them for later by wrapping them up in compostable clingwrap – the environmentally friendlier way to preserve food than the plastic wrap of olde.
If leftover waste is unavoidable, consider donating to feed the less fortunate this Christmas. Alternatively, look to home composting wherever possible to give back to the earth with your organic waste.
Deck The Halls
The beauty of a gift is diminished when you think of the waste we create in ribbons and wrapping paper each year. Reusing old gift bags or getting creative about how you wrap presents and create cards makes an enormous difference to the yards of wrapping paper you could discard this year. You never know – brown paper or newspaper and a bit of creativity could turn into something unforgettable.
Similarly, single-use Christmas decorations and trees are a no-no if you’re looking to have a more sustainable Christmas. 7 million trees went into landfill and created 100 000 tonnes of greenhouse gas in 2018. Opt for reusable options or rent a tree to reduce the impact of the living room star of the show this Christmas.
Crafting your own Christmas decorations is also incredibly fulfilling – and great fun for the whole family to get into the spirit of Christmas. Sourcing natural decorations is not only better for the environment, it is a celebration of the environment.
Aim for a Zero-Waste Party
If you are looking forward to having a Christmas party with all the trimmings at the office or at home with friends and family, aim for zero waste wherever you can. For cocktails, soft drinks, and eggnog, plastic straws are passe – but not the compostable alternatives to plastic. Compostable straws give the same drinking experience as plastic without the worry around waste.
For catering, consider compostable clingwrap for food preparation, preservation, or to wrap up some leftovers for guests to take home with them.
If you’re coming together this Christmas, but still want to exercise some COVID precautions, masking up is a great wellness tactic. That doesn’t mean protecting health at the cost of the environment. Bonnie Bio UK’s compostable face coverings are made from natural elements and decompose into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass.
Bag Your Waste Responsibly
While the waste statistics are shocking, it’s important to remember that all this packaging, all this food waste, all these wasted decorations, unwanted toys and gifts, Christmas hats and spent crackers end up being thrown into plastic bags. A simple way to cut plastic Christmas waste is to look to your bin bags. Bonnie Bio UK’s compostable pedal bin bags and multi-purpose bags create zero waste as a starting point for your waste.
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