Being a Bit More Green This Christmas

Monday, 2 December 2019

With Christmas just around the corner, it can be so easy to fall into the hustle and bustle of the must-haves and ‘needs’ of the season. I for one definitely used to fall into all of the consumer traps set out for us these months… and in all honesty, still fall into a few!

No-one is perfect and no-one can do everything, but here are a few small changes we can all make to keep our Christmases that little bit greener. 

Swap the wrapping paper for brown paper.
Actually, it’s not boring! There are so many creative ways you can decorate gifts wrapped in brown paper. Normal wrapping paper is difficult and often impossible to recycle, whereas untreated brown paper can be recycled much more easily! Coloured string and natural foliage (cinnamon sticks, eucalyptus, gypsophila, holly etc) are my go to’s… but make it personal! Repurpose your kid’s artwork, or go for a vintage vibe with an old newspaper, book pages, sheet music, scrap material, an old headscarf… get creative!

Shop Independent
It is so tempting to head to the big retailers and do all your shopping in one place. So tempting. And I’m not going to lie, a lot of my Christmas shopping was done this way this year! But for the first time this year I made a conscious effort to browse all of my favourite independently run shops and businesses to, not only find things that I know people will really love, but support a small business where when the order is placed the creator does a little happy dance. I highly doubt Amazon does that!

A few of my favourites include…

Annie Dornan Smith for beautiful creative cards, prints and general prettiness.
Voice International for gorgeous, ethically made jewellery supporting families in Africa and giving them a platform to share their voice.
The Botanical Candle Company for… you guessed it, amazingly creative candles that have scents that fill the whole room. Also, amazing house plants, tote bags, cards and aesthetic heaven.
Pretty In Print for gorgeous, creative prints for your home. I bought two prints for Nova's nursery and I can't wait for them to arrive so I can pop them under the tree for her!

There are loads more… so get browsing and support our high street!

Shop Experiences
Last year we were bought cinema vouchers and restaurant vouchers from a few people and we really really appreciated them! We pretty much eat hand to mouth in our household and so having treats like this guilt free was absolutely lovely. 

Make Your Own Crackers.
Let’s be honest, no-one wants a plastic comb or a flipping fish to tell you your fortune. Yet once the Christmas meal is over, 12 pieces of plastic are left abandoned on the table to end up on our landfills. And yet for me, the thought of a Christmas dinner table set without crackers is a sad one! So my savvy Mother-In-Law found some ‘Fill Your Own Crackers’ from Oxfam meaning you can fill them with chocolates or little personalised gifts that people will actually want instead! I’ve linked some here, but I know eBay also sell something similar.

There are obviously lots more ways to give our planet it’s own Christmas gift, but these are a few that anyone can get involved in and are actually, surprisingly easy to achieve!

I would love to see all your ideas for creative wrapping and please let me know if you have ideas of your own!

Have a wonderful Christmas x


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