Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year" without a doubt but it is also the most wasteful time of the year. From gift-giving to decorations, we seem to dismiss the eco-footprint impact we are contributing to. A simple change of wrapping paper may be where you start, but the more you experiment and research, the more ideas you will come across and really start to reassess your choices.
Keeping it green this Christmas
Ditch the glossy or metallic wrapping paper for one of the below:
- Fabric gift wrap
- Old newspapers
- Wrap with another gift like a t-shirt or towel
- Paper bags
- Old calendar pages
You can repurpose almost anything that you are intending to throw away.
Less is always more when it comes to decorations - simple is flattering.
- Use nature, maybe something from your garden to create table displays or a centrepiece
- Ornaments can be chosen strategically by avoiding plastic and choosing wood or cloth
- Replace bulbs in your Christmas lights - we tend to throw away perfectly good lighting because we are too lazy to replace a bulb
- Create your own decorations, like snowflakes, with left over material or papers
While nobody wants to do the dishes after a big Christmas lunch and using disposable tableware seems like the easy option, if you really start to break it down you are disposing of so much! These are a few mindful steps you can take when setting the table:
- Cloth napkins
- Decorative tableware that can be washed and reused
- Avoid individual beverages like cans or plastic bottles
- Opt for glass container, make your own homemade punch or use a soda water stream
Our blogs on DIY Christmas crackers, Christmas gift wrapping & DIY Bath Salts are great starting points that will help simplify table decorations, minimise waste and help reduce costs around this expensive time of year.
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Author: Georgia Doherty
Georgia is the Marketing Assistant at ECO. Modern Essentials. Georgia oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations, creates content + DIY recipes and manages ECO.'s affiliate program. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist with extensive Dermal Therapy qualifications and a Diploma in Training Design & Development. Georgia is passionate about leading a happy & healthy life and helping educate those around her.