The past two years have seen us celebrate Christmas in a different way than usual. But as we slowly start to enjoy a normal Christmas we can reflect on the past two years and see it as an opportunity for us to rethink traditions, create new ones and put the true meaning of Christmas back.
Christmas doesn’t hath to have such a negative impact on the environment, however, as it stands Christmas in the UK is a time of over-consuming and the production of excess waste. And so this year we are challenging you to create a more sustainable Christmas.
There are many ways we can make our Christmas more environmentally friendly in just a few simple steps.
- Give To The Planet
2021 so many big changes and information around climate change come to light. COP26 saw leaders from all around the world sharing hard reality facts about our climate. It is events like this that make it even more important to make Christmas 2021 greener.
So how can you give back to the planet? The list is endless from recycling your clothing with us here at Roberts Recycling to donating to your favourite Climate Change charity, however, you choose to give back to the planet this Christmas you can do so with a smile on your face knowing you are playing your part in helping create a better future for all.
2. Buy A Secondhand Christmas Day Outfit
At this time of year, it can be very tempting to buy the latest fashion trends especially on Christmas day and New Year. However, if we take the time to search our current wardrobes or venture to a secondhand charity shop you would likely have very good luck in finding a suitable Christmas Day outfit.
Why not have fun with it and set yourself a challenge to only buy new clothing from the charity shop this festive period.
3. Find Alternatives To Wrapping Paper
Wrapping paper has been a big question overheads for many years now. How friendly to the environment is it really? Well since most of it is used once and then placed in the bin the answer would be not very friendly at all. Luckily as the conversation continues around sustainable products many new brands are popping up providing wrapping paper alternatives.
From eco-friendly wrapping paper to reusable wrapping paper such as scarfs, the important thing is that we have options other than our cheap 99p wrapping paper which will be ripped once and never used again.
4. Have A Veggie Dinner
Research has shown eating a vegetarian/vegan diet could be the biggest way of helping the environment. And whilst we acknowledge that most of us keep to the Christmas tradition of having a turkey dinner this time of year is all about trying new stuff. So why not venture out this Christmas and opt for a vegetarian Christmas dinner.
The great thing is there are many turkey alternatives such as fake meat or a nut roast. Researchers at the University of Oxford stated that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
So whilst you might be excited to get back to your normal Christmas this year let’s also take the time to think about how our actions will impact the environment.
Do you have any actions you’ll be taking to have a green Christmas this year? Share them with us on social.