Earth Notes: On Greening Christmas

Twelve top tips that the Internet gave to me! Have fun, save money, do the right thing by the environment - triple win!

This is deliberately a bit of a linkfest, to give you lots of ideas!

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Think ahead, save money and trim your Christmas carbon footprint:

  1. Have a potted or plastic or recycled cardboard tree so that it's reusable next year, and use energy-saving LED lights.
  2. Re-use gift-bags and make wrapping paper with the kids eg using potato prints on redeployed packaging/paper/card; recycle what you can't re-use.
  3. Keep your cards to make tags next year.
  4. Buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposables.
  5. For someone who has everything already buy a charity gift, eg a goat for Goa from Oxfam, rather than unwanted tat.
  6. Buy someone a herb garden or seeds rather than plastic or electronics.
  7. Get your groceries delivered, and share with a neighbour, to reduce emissions.
  8. Don't waste food, use leftovers, and don't buy more than you need for the break.
  9. Eat less meat and more veg this Christmas (and grow some of the veg at home for next year).
  10. Travel by public transport, and don't go too far (so don't fly).
  11. Check your home's insulation and draught-proofing to keep down your heating bills (and carbon footprint) and look for grants and discounts to help!
  12. Feed the birds (and your compost heap).

Don't forget to have fun!