Are you fed up of spending ridiculous amounts of money on that holly jolly time of the year? Do you, like me...start shopping for Christmas in August/September? Do you want to be more eco, spend less, and enjoy it more??
Here's our TOP TIPS for having a eco-friendly, wallet/purse friendly Christmas.
TOP TIP NUMBER 1....RENT A CHRISTMAS TREE
Real Christmas Trees are MUCH MORE sustainable than plastic ones. In fact, one study concluded you'd have to use your fake fir for 20 years for it to be greener. That said, seven million real trees will be dumped in January rather than recycled.
This year you could go one further by renting a real tree from a British farm. Places like Love A Christmas Tree offers real Nordmann Firs delivered to your door from their Leicestershire family farm from £20. (They only deliver in the Leicestershire county, but if you GOOGLE Rent a Christmas Tree, they do have other farms that offer the same service). You decorate and care for the tree during the festive period, then they'll pick it up and replant in January. Win, win.
After Christmas, go to recyclenow to find out about drop-off points in your area, where your old tree will be recycled into chippings for local parks and woodland areas. Alternatively, take it to your local dump where you can add it to the other green waste or chop it up and stack the wood in your garden to create a habitat for birds and bugs.
TOP TIP NUMBER 2...CHOOSE THE RIGHT WRAPPING PAPER
More than HALF of us re-use last year's wrapping paper, OR...we go to the January Sales and buy next year's wrap and cards at Half Price or LESS. What many of us don't realise though, is that MOST of the wrapping paper nowadays contain non-recyclable elements such as foil, glitter or plastic.
If you want to know if your wrapping paper can be recycled or not, use the scrunch test. Scrunch up the paper in your hards and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up then it can be recycled but, if it unfolds by its own accord, then it likely contains non-recyclable elements.
Opt instead for recycled wrapping paper, kraft paper or tissue. If you want to get the children involved without showing them what 'Santa' bought, ask them to draw Christmas pictures on kraft paper. This then allows them to be creative, and you can wrap grandad/grandma's presents in their grandchildren's creations.