The festive season is approaching and we’d like you to think ahead about the amount of extra waste your household is likely to produce over the Christmas period. We all like to indulge with food, presents, decorations and parties and that’s what Christmas is all about. However this comes at a cost to the environment. The average household produces 30% more waste during the Christmas week.
Here are a few ideas that could help you reduce your excess waste and do your bit for the environment this Christmas.
Use recycled wrapping paper
We all like to make our surprise gifts look inviting, but did you know that a shocking 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown out every year?
Rather than opting for shiny papers, why not try 100% recycled wrapping paper which can be bought online and many retailers. Recycled brown paper is also an eco friendly alternative to wrapping paper. Combined with string and a label, can give your gifts a rustic and chic look.
If you receive gift wrapped presents this year, think about removing the wrapping carefully, so that you can reuse it in the future.
Make a list and stick to it
Approximately 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussel sprouts are thrown away every Christmas.
Make a well thought out shopping list. You’ll be far less likely to impulse buy and purchase excess shopping that you don’t need, and will probably end up going in the bin. Include food, decorations and gifts in your list and if you stick to it well, you’ll probably save a lot of money as well as reduce your waste!
6 million Christmas trees are discarded every year and 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away after Christmas, when they could be used for compost.
Vegetable peelings, leftover food and festive flowers can be turned into good compost, as well as your Christmas tree. By composting, you’ll reduce waste, help the environment and your garden will be looking great in the springtime! For ideas on how to start composting, read our article on The Benefits of Composting for some top advice.
13,350 tonnes of glass are thrown out in the UK after Christmas.
Take another look at some of the items you throw away, and ask yourself if you could use them for something different? There are lots of upcycling ideas on apps such as pinterest, from turning used jars into decorative candle holders to collecting pine cones to use as Christmas decorations. Instead of mindlessly throwing things away, use your imagination, be creative and you’ve got an activity that the whole family can be involved in.
Regift or Donate
eBay predicts people will receive 115 million of unwanted presents this Christmas!
The easiest option is to throw the unwanted items away in the bin to clear some space, but think about whether these items could go to someone else who will use them. Whether it be a friend, family member, or your local charity shop. A gift used is always better than another item going to landfill. Take a few minutes of your time and see if you can do your bit to reduce unwanted Christmas waste.
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