A Holly, Jolly, and Remarkably Eco-Friendly Christmas!

Posted on 7 December 2023

Jingle All the Way… Sustainably!

Imagine this Christmas, your living room doesn’t resemble a wrapping paper battleground, and your bin isn’t overflowing with discarded packaging. This year, we’re championing a holiday that’s not only merry but also marvelously mindful of Mother Earth.

Gifts That Keep on Giving… To the Planet

Remember, it’s not about the quantity of gifts under the tree, but the love and thoughtfulness they represent. Instead of opting for the usual suspects (looking at you, novelty socks), why not consider something that lasts longer than the festive season itself? A handcrafted journal, perhaps, or a beautifully potted plant. It’s about finding that perfect something that won’t be relegated to the back of a closet come January.

And why not take a detour from the tangible? Gifting experiences like concert tickets or a day out in nature can create memories that outshine any physical present. After all, who wouldn’t prefer the promise of adventure over another scented candle?

Wrapping Up in Style (And Sustainability)

When it comes to wrapping, let’s get creative. Have you ever tried furoshiki, the Japanese art of cloth wrapping? It’s not only eco-friendly but also turns each gift into a work of art. And who knows, it might just spark a new holiday tradition in your household.

Feasting with a Conscience

Now, let’s talk turkey. Or rather, let’s talk about not wasting it. Planning your festive feast with an eye toward portion control can help reduce food waste dramatically. And for those leftovers? They’re not just for Boxing Day sandwiches – get inventive and turn them into entirely new culinary creations.

As for the menu, incorporating more plant-based dishes can add both color and sustainability to your dinner table. Plus, it’s a great way to impress your vegan and vegetarian guests with your culinary inclusivity.

Deck the Halls, Sustainably

This year, let your decorations tell a story of sustainability. Homemade decorations can add a personal touch to your festive décor. Think of it as an opportunity to unleash your inner artist and create something truly unique with upcycled materials.

As for the lights, LEDs are your new best friends. They’re energy-efficient, long-lasting, and can brighten up your home without the environmental guilt.

The WasteOnline office has decorated with sustainable decorations this year. Check it out on our new TikTok.

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A Christmas Tree with a Conscience

The great Christmas tree debate – real or artificial? If you’re going artificial, commit to it for the long haul. A tree that’s used year after year certainly earns its eco-stripes. If you’re going real, seek out a tree from sustainable sources. Better yet, why not rent a tree? It’s like a festive timeshare for a fir!

Stepping Out into a Greener World

When it comes to festive fashion, challenge yourself to repurpose, reuse, and rethink. That outfit from last year’s office party is just waiting for its comeback. And if you do need something new, why not explore the treasures of thrift shops?

Lastly, embrace the great outdoors. A winter walk can be a magical experience, offering a chance to reconnect with nature and burn off some of those Christmas calories.


In summary, here’s how you can make your Christmas greener:

  • Gifts: Choose lasting and meaningful over numerous and forgettable.
  • Wrapping: Embrace eco-friendly methods like furoshiki.
  • Feasting: Plan to avoid waste and try more plant-based options.
  • Decorating: Go homemade and use LED lights.
  • Christmas Tree: Opt for sustainable or reusable trees.
  • Fashion: Reuse and recycle outfits, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Let’s make this Christmas a celebration of not just love and joy, but also our beautiful planet! 🌟🌲🌍

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