Somehow Christmas is only 2 weeks away! For once I’m feeling pretty prepared and I’m happy that I’ve managed to source many of my presents and decorations from ethical and eco-friendly places this year. I’ve also been resisting the pressure to send Christmas cards to everyone I know and spending large amounts on presents. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
Christmas is such an astonishingly wasteful part of the year which feels wrong to me. Celebrating our loved ones or following religious traditions shouldn’t be a reason to multiply our already hugely damaging impact on the planet. So I’ve been scouting out tips and ideas on how we can all reduce our impact on our home this winter holiday.
Here’s a collection of advice, tips, shopping and ideas on how to have a greener Christmas. Some from my very favourite blogs to random discoveries. Enjoy and I hope you find some inspiration!
Changing how we do Christmas
- I love this piece from Becoming Minimalist about choosing holiday traditions that serve you
- I found this story about a family that created a new Christmas tradition around a white envelope inspirational and emotional
- A Nigerian perspective, store-bought presents shouldn’t be the hallmark of Christmas
- If you’re vegetarian or vegan and dreading spending Christmas with carnivore family and friends, here’s some great advice on surviving family gatherings
Have a greener Christmas
- Last year I wrote a blog with 12 ways to have a green Christmas
- Make your Christmas tree an eco-friendly one this year, I recommend getting a live potted tree!
- Here are 24 tips for an ethical Christmas from Friends of the Earth
- This year Paperchase have recycled and recyclable silver and gold wrapping paper and gift bags or boxes
- Reduce your meat intake this Christmas with these vegetarian Christmas recipes
Green gift ideas
- Be inspired by these 75 consumable gift ideas
- A unique approach to gift giving, 50 of the best experience gift ideas ranging from free, to cheap to the more expensive
- And here’s 5 zero waste stocking fillers
- Find all the ethical and eco-friendly gifts you could ever need at the Ethical Superstore
- I got lots of presents this year at from the source (look away any friends and family of mine reading this!)
- Everybody loves books right? Help your local bookstore out by getting books from Hive
Do you have any interesting Christmas traditions? How do you try to make your Christmas greener and more ethical?
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