With Christmas right around the corner, we are sure you have already started decking the halls with holly and prepping for one of the most beloved festivals celebrated across the world. But it can also be a time when one could end up generating a lot of waste, and by being a little mindful, we can all contribute to making the world a little bit better. Here are our tips on what you can do to contribute:
1. Make your own tree
However one plays it, Christmas trees end up generating a lot of waste. There are a number of ways it can be curtailed. If you are buying a fake tree, then invest in a good piece that can be stored and used for several years. Or, you can even convert any of your home plants into a wonderful tree using beautiful ornaments. Our tip? You can make yourself a Christmas tree using old newspapers lying around the house and paint it to make it look festive. Here’s a how-to video that makes making a Christmas tree, a breeze.
2. Use solar powered fairy lights
For most of us, Christmas will not be complete without dreamy fairy lights adorned everywhere. But they can end up wasting a lot of electricity. However with options like solar powered fairy lights (yes! those do exist), you can cut down on your carbon footprint considerably. If those are a little out of budget, make sure to invest in fairy lights that come with timers that automatically switch off after a while.
You can buy some fairy lights here.
3. Wrap gifts with recycled paper
With Christmas comes lots of gifts. But instead of using wrapping paper, try recycling paper that’s already sitting at home (newspapers are a godsend for anyone trying to wrap gifts mindfully). Or re-use old wrapping paper that you may have saved. A lot of stores now sell grocery bags made out of cloth that will also make for excellent gift wraps as they can be re-used many times.
4. Forgo the Christmas card entirely
Hear us out. A Christmas card may be tradition but it is also extremely wasteful. Most people end up throwing away the cards they get, generating a lot of waste in the process. Opt for an e-card or an email to convey your wishes and the planet will be grateful to you.
5. Gift a sapling
There are many ways of showing your loved ones that you care; but by gifting them a sapling, you will show them that you care about the planet too. There are many services available online that will deliver saplings to the intended address and they make for great and thoughtful gifts.