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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.

71 Comments

  1. This is amazing, lovely! I’ll definitely be taking some of this tips for my own Christmas! The only reasons I send physical cards are because I use charity ones to help my local hospice and none of my aunts know how to do e-cards! xD

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. There’s definitely ways to send physical cards and still do good though 😌

  2. We really need to get new lights this year! I want to use brown paper again next year and hope that whoever opens it recycles it! xx

    1. That’s great news x

  3. I actually never really thought of these ideas before. My family and I recycle so I assumed we were doing our part. But the Christmas e-cards sounds like a cool idea! And I think I might just try that (:

    1. Hope you manage to give it a go this year!

  4. I’m so excited this Christmas! I’m using up the rest of the wrapping paper from last year, and then it’s compostable all the way from there to put it on our kitchen garden. I eat meat too – living on a farm and being engaged to a pig farmer will do that to you haha- but eat British and as local as possible to make it more eco-friendly 🙂 I’d not thought of e-cards, I think that’s what I’ll do this year for everyone online!
    Bella x – http://www.theruralsoul.com

    1. Exactly I know that people do eat meat and don’t want to give it up but there’s certainly ways you can make your meat eating more eco friendly!

  5. One of my friends uses cloth or scarves to wrap some of her gifts. 🙂 I love it. Of course, it is not practical for all purposes, so recyclable wrapping paper is something I am setting out to buy this season.

    1. That’s a lovely idea! x

  6. Cutting down on food waste is such a key part to me, I love ensuring I meal plan properly to really minimise it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. I really need to start making my family meal plan a bit better this Christmas! x

  7. After reading this, I’m definitely going to be switching to LED lighting! These sound like really great, easy options and we should all be doing our bit to help save the environment. Really informative and helpful post! 🙂

    Soph – https://girlvsworldblog.com x

    1. LED lights all the way! Most string lights you can buy now are LED and they’re not expensive either, which is fab 🙂 x

  8. These are awesome tips and we should all be doing this. Thank you so much!

    1. You’re welcome! Totally agree x

  9. Heather Nixon says:

    Most wrapping papers aren’t recyclable so I’m using brown paper this year x

    1. A lot aren’t. I’ve seen some in Tesco which are though, which is good x

  10. Wonderful post and some great advice that I will definitely take on!

    1. Thank you! x

  11. These are some really helpful tips! I stopped sending Christmas cards a while ago because while they are a very nice gesture, they just add to the clutter. These days, I’d rather message or call my family and friends. Also, here’s a fun fact about Polish Christmas: our main festive meal is on Christmas Eve and we are not allowed to eat any meat! All meat dishes are served on the 25th and 26th of December instead 🙂

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

    1. Ooooh really?! That’s an interesting fact – I had no idea! I like that though, I think that’s a great tradition x

  12. Definitely something to think about this year!

    I wrote about wrapping little more eco-friendly recently!

    http://stcyblogs.blog/2019/11/05/eco-friendly_xmas/

    Stacey xo

    1. Loved your post too! x

  13. Such great tips! I tend to send far more e-cards than paper cards nowadays because of the age we live in and because of the environment. Also, wrapping your presents in brown paper rather than wrapping paper is a great way to help the environment and gives gifts more of an ‘aesthetic’.

    Jas xx

    1. I think I’m going to opt for e-cards this year too. Or at least eco-friendly cards of some sort! x

  14. I love this! One of the bigger changes I want to make one day is to go for a live tree that I can plant. Obviously I’ll need my own property for this, and I’ll only have so much real estate before having to find a reusable tree. I need to look into brown wrapping paper for sure!

    Alex

  15. We’re going for brown wrapping paper this year, and not sending any cards! They’re such a waste, plus I can’t believe how many have glitter and other forms of plastic on them which is even worse!

    1. I know! I love cute glittery cards but I definitely won’t be getting any like that this year x

  16. My other half makes wrapping paper from brown paper & then he stamps it with snowflakes or something equally as Christmassy! 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Awh that’s cute x

  17. There’s some really useful tips here that I’m going to use x

    1. So glad to hear that! x

  18. These are all brilliant tips! I’m definitely more conscious of being eco friendly this Christmas and making changes where I can. I’m definitely going to make the switch to brown paper instead of normal wrapping paper xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. That’s great to hear x

  19. BeeBooksBeauty says:

    I love this post certainly lots of ways you can make little differences to how sustainable Christmas is, and reduce costs too in the long run. I’m focusing on cards, gift tags and giftwrap this year and will be putting money saved on not buying cards for everyone to buying items for our local food bank instead. I’m using brown paper or recycled & recyclable paper (the RSPB have some on their site that raises money for their cause too), it might be a bit fiddly for some gifts but I’m hoping it’ll work on most. DIY gift bags and shredded used card is another way to parcel up presents.
    I hate how much packaging is wasted still on kids toys and this is something that really needs focusing on to improve as a lot of it isn’t recyclable/ is plastic, but parents don’t have much of a say when it’s on a child’s list, the manufacturers really should be making better efforts to reduce this.

    1. The manufacturers are definitely responsbile for that. Luckily there’s no kids to buy for in my family, so not something we have to worry about. But I can imagine it’s a bit of a nightmare with all that plastic and packaging! I love your food bank idea too x

  20. Thank you for sharing this! We all need to think about being more environmentally conscious year round, and it’s so nice to hear of different ways we can do that for every occasion 😊

    1. Totally agree 🙂 x

  21. Some great ideas here Jenny.

    Now I have even more reason to think about Christmas!

    It’s really important to make changes where we can though x x

    1. Haha any excuse to think ahout Christmas even more! x

  22. Cut up your Christmas cards and use them the following year as gift tags!!

    1. That’s a great idea! x

  23. I’ve decided to send Christmas cards only to those people who are not online at all or very little. The rest will be tagged in my Fcbk messages or will get an e-card. On a positive note though: Paperchase have ditched the plastic wrapping of their cards. So now there is only paper that is easily recyclable that you need to worry about 🙂

    1. That’s great to know! Well done Paperchase! x

  24. I love this! Lately I’ve been thinking of how much waste my family has during the holiday season and all the wrapping paper and everything and it’s crazy! Definitely appreciate this post and will be referring back to it as we get closer to the holidays. Thank you!

    1. It really is crazy! I’m so glad, you’re welcome x

  25. Great post – love these ideas! I’ll definitely be trying to buy more eco-friendly wrapping paper / cards this year. I’ll also put real thought into the presents I’m buying to make sure they’re as sustainable as possible 😊

    Em | EmsTells.home.blog

    1. That’s a great idea 🙂 x

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