Making my move to a more sustainable Christmas

 

Christmas is just around the corner and I for one, can’t wait! But, with all the present shopping, gift wrapping, home decorating and general Christmas shenanigans, it’s not necessarily the most ‘sustainable’ time of the year!

This year, and in a time when we’re a little more conscious about our impact on the environment, I wanted to see if I could be a little more eco-friendly.

After a bit of research, I’ve decided to make a few small changes to my Christmas this year and thought I’d share these:

 

Cutting down my excessive present buying

In the consumerist world we live in, and with an excited 4-year old in the house, it is all too easy for me to panic buy a multitude of gifts that won’t be looked at twice! So, instead of my usual crazy shopping habits, I’ve opted for the ‘less is more’ approach. Each of my family members will be receiving one thought-out gift that will hopefully be one that lasts beyond the Christmas period.

 

A homemade gift

To help the environment, and save money at the same time, a handmade gift is the perfect option – and with the added thought and time that goes into this, it will give a little bit of added Christmas joy to whoever is the lucky recipient. With a ‘teacher present’ added to my ever-expanding list this year, I’ll be making biscuits with my daughter. I will not be grabbing a box of chocolates from the supermarket, which would have been my usual course of action!

 

Brown paper packages

Julie Andrews loved a ‘brown paper package tied up with string’ and, little did she know, she was on the right path in terms of a greener Christmas! This year, I’m switching from the foiled paper and sellotape, that cannot be recycled, to brown eco-friendly paper. This will be my part to help minimise the high levels of waste produced at this time of year.

 

Supporting the local independents

This is something we have done for a few years now – we’ve headed to our local farm shop for organic produce to fill our Christmas dinner plates. Buying direct from the farm is a great way for us to get hold of fresh and seasonal veg at an affordable price, and we’re also reducing our carbon footprint. This one is a ‘no brainer’ for me!

 

They are small changes I know, but this festive period I can be safe in the knowledge that I’m playing my own small part in helping the environment.

Hannah Drinkwater