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How To Make Christmas More Eco Friendly *AD

Christmas might be the happiest time of year for a lot of us humans but for the environment? Not so much. A study conducted by the University of Manchester argue that Christmas can cause the equivalent carbon footprint as that of a single car travelling 6,000 times around the globe. Scary, huh? Whilst we should definitely all enjoy ourselves as much as possible, we could all definitely do with learning how to make Christmas more eco friendly.

How To Make Christmas More Eco Friendly

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Now I’ll put my hands up and admit that I’ve never been the most eco conscious of people. But this year in particular has definitely made me more aware of the environmental impact so many of our actions have. I mean and rightly so. We’re destroying the planet in front of our eyes.

Here’s some ways of how to make Christmas more eco friendly, so you can enjoy the festivities as well as doing your bit for the environment!

Recycle as much as possible

Christmas is a great time to make sure you’re ON TOP of your recycling game. As you can expect to end up with a lot of recyclable waste after the Christmas Day festivities are over. If you can, ensure everyone else in the household refrains from throwing anything in the regular bin and stock up on recycling bags!

Switch to more eco friendly Christmas wrapping

You’ve probably heard a lot of people on social media over the last few years mention that not all Christmas wrapping is recyclable. I had NO IDEA before I found that out. It’s paper, you assume you can recycle it. So perhaps this year, switch to brown paper wrapping and recyclable craft tags instead!

Switch to LED Christmas lighting

Not only will this have an impact on the environment, it’ll also have an impact on your bank account. And ANY extra savings are always handy around Christmas. LED lights use 75% less energy than incandescent lights. The folks over at INUI LED Lighting, who sell eco friendly LED panels have this handy LED Lighting Calculator, which could help you work out how much you could be saving in terms of money AND energy!

Eco Friendly Christmas

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Substitute physical Christmas cards for eco friendly e-cards

Okay, be serious. Who here keeps their Christmas cards when Christmas is over? Christmas cards produce a HECK of a lot of waste and whilst they’re a nice gesture, is all that extra waste necessary? A lot of people are now switching to more eco friendly e-cards, as a way wish friends and family a happy Christmas, without the extra environmental impact.

Try Vegetarian or Vegan options for a more eco friendly Christmas

It’s no secret that the meat industry plans quite a part in environmental damage. This is something I definitely need to work on, as I’m currently still a meat eater. Saying that, a lot of my favourite meals and foods ARE Vegetarian. So I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to a Vegetarian or Vegan Christmas dinner (I mean, all the best parts are Vegetarian anyway, am I right) If this sounds like you, then this could certainly be an option for a more eco friendly Christmas.

Or buy organic, free-range produce and shop small, local farms where possible

However if cutting out meat isn’t an option for you, for whatever reason, switching to organic, free-range produce from small local farms could be the better option. And perhaps have a couple of meat free days AFTER Christmas to make up for it?

Cut down on food waste

And finally, another point on food but let’s face it, food is the best part of Christmas isn’t it? And boy don’t we consume a lot of it this time of year? More than we need. Absolutely. Try budgeting for food this year or keeping to strict lists. And if you find you do have a lot of food waste, don’t just chuck it in the bin. Find some recipes to make out of it for Boxing Day!

How are you planning to make Christmas more eco friendly this year? Do you already do any of these points that I’ve made or are you planning on it for the first time this year? Do you have any other tips on how to make Christmas more eco friendly? Let me know!

How To Make Christmas More Eco Friendly

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

79 Comments

  1. […] “How To Make Christmas More Eco-Friendly” by Jenny in Neverland […]

  2. Emily Ann says:

    This was such a helpful post! I’m trying to be more eco-friendly myself and these are all such good tips! I didn’t know some wrapping paper was recyclable! I just figured it all was! Oops 🙁 But I love the idea of doing something vegetarian or vegan! It’s something different and you can prove to family members that not all vegan or vegetarian food is bad! And as for not wasting food, if you get too many sweets or cookies, so if they’re able to freeze and stick them in the freezer for later in the new year! That way you aren’t wasting, plus you’ll have some extra treats to eat later!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. Sticking things in the freezer is a great idea 😌 some wrapping paper is! Just worth checking the packaging before!

  3. You’ve really nailed it again Jenny! I’ve never given a lot of thought to being eco-friendly at Christmas which is awful, but this year I’m hoping to change that! I’m not sure the whole fam will be into a meat-free meal, but even things like cutting down on the pointless presents that no one is even going to look at again after the day is over is probably a start! Quality not quantity after all 🙂

    1. Absolutely, every little helps, as Tesco says 😂

  4. So many great points here.
    I had no idea and gift wrap couldn’t be recycled! I like to try and make up my own gifts rather than buy and create excess waste packaging too.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. Not all of it can but some can! Just make sure you check the packaging 😌

      1. I loved this. We switched to LED lights a couple of years ago and are using brown paper for wrapping this year. I’ve got some christmastamps so that my little boy can be involved too, making it a nice christmas craft and a nice personal way to wrap a gift 😊

  5. These are great ideas Jenny. I’m trying to have a more sustainable Christmas this year and have already decided to use brown paper for gifts.

  6. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Very good tips, Jenny! Especially cutting down on waste by switching to more eco-friendly greeting cards which can work year-round!

    1. Absolutely! x

  7. Such a great idea for the post 🙂 We definitely need to cut down on food waste, sometimes we cook way too much whilst worrying people will be hungry!

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

    1. Think that’s a pretty normal worry! x

  8. Some great tips! We don’t send xmas cards anymore as they end up in the bin!! xx

    1. Very true! x

  9. Kayleigh Zara says:

    These are some amazing tips, it’s so easy to forget to be good to environment at christmas. I need to be better with recycling although I have started to use brown paper instead of wrapping paper x

    1. Hope you can do a bit more recycling this year! x

  10. katy gilroy says:

    brown paper is such a simple and easy way to wrap presents isn’t it! soooo good x

    1. It sure is! x

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  12. This year im deffo cutting down on food waste

    1. Great to hear x

  13. These are such great tips, and some of them are so simple like switching wrapping papers. Thank you for the mention! x

    Sophie

    1. You’re welcome!

  14. I’ve already bought my eco friendly wrapping paper, I love it so much!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. That’s great to hear!

  15. I’m the person in the house that on Christmas morning, I’m always there with a black bag on standby to chuck the wrapping paper into after the present opening! Food NEVER goes to waste with me on Christmas Day, if it’s sitting there, I’ll eat it! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Haha that’s great to hear!

  16. There is always somebody at my home ready with a bin bag to collect all the paper to make sure its recycled properly! I love the idea of using brown paper as wrapping paper, I think it looks so pretty too with a little ribbon. Even more amazing that it is great for the environment! Ooo i never thought about using LED Christmas lighting instead! That is such a good idea! These are some really good tips Jenny, especially regarding food! Great post! I will definitely be taking these into consideration this christmas xx

    1. Thank you and yes my mum is the person frantically shoving a bag in your face for all the recycling 😂😂

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