"Christmas is a perfect occasion to gather the people you love and surprise them with some amazing presents. This year is a great time to have a zero-waste holiday."

How to Encourage a Plastic-Free Christmas

Christmas is one of the loveliest days of the year. It’s a perfect occasion to gather the people you love and surprise them with some amazing presents. Now, if you want to be extra careful this year, it would be good to find a way to have a zero-waste this year.

It means that this Christmas you can go plastic-free and contribute to our planet in a good way. It may seem complicated, but it really isn’t. There are numerous strategies you can implement to reduce waste and make this holiday much more sustainable.

For those of you who haven’t done this before it may be difficult to think of ways to do it. That’s why we will help you accomplish this by providing you with some really good ideas for this Christmas.

Tips For A Sustainable Christmas

Eco-Friendly Decorations

Having eco-friendly decorations doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to create or purchase something cheerful and festive, on the contrary. There are so many ways you can embellish your Christmas tree and make it still look astonishing. People tend to forget that during this time of year, the planet Earth is filled with tons of waste, starting with food to plastic waste. That’s why it’s of great relevance to improve this situation by making a small, yet important contribution.

When it comes to the Christmas tree, these are the things you can do:

  1. Adopt a tree, do not purchase it 
  2. Make your own tree by utilizing the things you already have
  3. If you decide to buy a tree, obtain the one that’s not plastic

These are the things you can do when it comes to decorations and lights:

  • Make your version of the wreath by utilizing edible herbs
  • Switch to LED lighting
  • Use soy candles that have been made locally

Eco-Friendly Party

Who doesn’t love to throw an amazing party? If it’s up to you to plan things out, it would be smart to utilize plates with real cutlery, along with elegant glasses. This will not only make everything seem more sophisticated but you will also have zero-waste Christmas which is even better. Using plastic cups and plates for this occasion should no longer be an option.

More Ideas To Cut Back On Waste

Make Unforgettable Memories

Who says that you have to always have a typical Christmas at home, surrounded by different presents? Instead, you can make an exception and do something else. You could, for instance, have a great meal out, or go to a concert or anything else outside, instead of utilizing numerous material things to make a Christmas gift.

Plastic-free ribbons and bows

We all love sparkly and shiny sticky-back ribbons and tinsel bows, but since this year Christmas is all about eco-friendly things, you can decorate and wrap your present by using natural things like dried fruits, newspaper articles, pine branches, pine cones, rosemary, sprigs, and many others.

Be Generous To Our Planet

Maybe you haven’t thought about this before, but who knows, maybe there is someone from your circle of friends or family members who is pretty passionate about our planet. If there is, you could give some money to Friends of the Earth on their behalf.

This is for sure a great present that they will highly cherish and appreciate, plus you will contribute to protecting the climate. If this seems like a great idea, you could also make a donation yourself.

Christmas Food

Let’s be real, everyone eats a lot during this holiday and that’s completely fine, however, often a lot of food ends up as waste. If you have some leftovers, make sure to eat them all and not just throw them away.

Here are some ideas you can implement. When it comes to food you can consume more vegetables, and less meat, you can cook your own edibles and snack and purchase at the stores that sell organic products.

Speaking of leftovers and packaging, you should avoid plastic bags and packaging and instead use your reusable bags. Additionally, if you have some leftovers, donate them to non-profit organizations. There are numerous places you can go to, such as SecondBite, FoodBank, or OzHarvest.

We changed the title of the popular Christmas song called “White Christmas” and used Eco-Friendly instead to stimulate you to have a sustainable holiday. As you can see, based on these ideas, you can have a great time and still help our already damaged planet Earth. You do not have to incorporate every single suggestion, even one will do the job.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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