Make this Christmas your most eco-friendly one yet with our top tips for reducing waste, energy, and plastic through green swaps and homemade decorations.
Read on for our top tips for a more a greener, more sustainable Christmas.
How to Be More Environmentally Friendly This Christmas
Try Making Your Own Festive Decorations
Are your decorations looking a bit old and shabby? The winter landscape is dominated with reds and greens, so get out there for some natural decorations rather than buying new ones.
Sprigs of holly and fir, twigs and branches, mistletoe and pine cones make beautiful additions to your Christmas home.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own decorations!
Source an Alternative to a Real Tree
Fake trees aren’t biodegradeable and even real trees have their problems.
Avoid this moral quandary by making your own Christmas tree from found materials, or if you really can’t do without a live tree – you can try renting one to minimise your impact.
Use Proper Crockery and Cutlery
It’s that time of year when throw-away plates and plastic cups make an appearance.
Proper plates, with real cutlery and glasses will not only make a classier get together, but you’ll dramatically reduce your plastic waste.
Modernise Those Tree Lights
If you’re planning to light up that (hopefully homemade!) Christmas tree, then double-check that you’re using LED lights.
Those tinsel-collared lights you picked up on ebay may give your tree a fun vintage vibe, but the incandescent lightbulbs will use far more energy then newer LED ones and won’t last as long.
Make the switch to LED to save energy – and money – this Christmas.
Give Plastic Free Gifts or Experiences
Don’t fill those stockings with plastic! What about re-usable coffee cups or water bottles? Why not gift an experience day or a concert ticket?
Use Up Those Leftovers
Christmas is a time for food, drink, and good times. Just be sure none of it goes to waste!
Buy what you need and turn those Christmas dinner leftovers into meals for week.
Think About The Gift Wrap
Give your Christmas presents that nostalgic feel with recycled brown parcel paper tied in twine or cloth ribbon, add some seasonal greenery. Use last year’s Christmas cards for tags. You will have beautifully wrapped gifts and be saving the environment. Shredded paper is a great alternative to polystyrene to protect breakables. Another option is to wrap presents in once loved fabric.
Make Your own Christmas Crackers
Avoid shop bought crackers with cheap, tacky plastic gifts that will end up in landfill.
Follow these instructions for making your own eco crackers (including where to get the snaps!).
Don’t get caught short with your Modern Milkman Delivery
Remember to check your delivery days over Christmas to ensure that you have enough supplies over Christmas and the New Year and avoid the need for those shop bought plastic bottles.
You can amend your order or create a ‘one-time order’ easily on the app, to accommodate for the holiday season and all those extra visitors. If you need any support with this then please contact us.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From All at Modern Milkman x