Christmas tips

Christmas is a very special time of the year and one that is easy to make a little bit more sustainable too.

We've pulled together an A-Z of ideas to help. Which idea will you try? Read our blog below.

B is for... batteries

New gifts at Christmas (especially children's toys) often require batteries which are difficult to recycle. Instead look out for toys that don't need batteries. If batteries are a must for that special gift then you could consider getting some rechargeable ones to help reduce waste.

C is for... cards

Try to choose cards that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified. This means that the paper used has been sustainably produced. If you can't recycle your cards after Christmas, why not keep them for next year and cut them up to use as tags? For another card idea see tip 'D' below.

E is for... entertainment

Finding eco-friendly entertainment is probably one of our easier tips. Simply swap some Christmas television for a family walk, the crisp winter air is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Board games are another great choice and good ones last year after year.

F is for... food

Yum, yum! To avoid waste, a little bit of planning goes a long way. Work out how much you need, buy local produce and organic ingredients where possible and try to choose foods with less packaging. Although if you do over-cater it does mean you can enjoy all of the delicious leftovers the next day!

H is for... homemade

Why not make some homemade goodies this year? Family and friends will really appreciate homemade gifts, cards, and baked goods like cakes and mince pies. Check out these fab homemade Christmas gift ideas for some inspiration.

I is for... invitations

If your Christmas party is going to be virtual this year why not save paper and send your invites electronically too?

K is for... keeping the heat in

Draught proofing might not be your number one Christmas priority (!) but it will help keep the heat in so you won't need to have the heating on as high.

L is for... lights

Indoor LED fairy lights are a great option when decorating your home for Christmas. They don’t require much energy and are more efficient than standard and even energy-saving bulbs.

Remember to turn your Christmas lights off overnight and when you leave the house for safety and to save energy too.

N is for... nativity

Often nativity costumes are only used once and then thrown away or forgotten about. Home-made ones are a great option. Hopefully we'll be able to see nativity plays back in all their glory next year.

O is for... organic

Try and choose organic when you can, whether it's food, drinks or gifts. Organic means working with nature so what you buy is made with fewer pesticides, higher levels of animal welfare and using more sustainable methods.

Q is for... quality, not quantity

Every year we tend to receive Christmas gifts that we don't really need and they end up being thrown away a few months later or re-gifted. This year, you could ask family members to stick to a 'one gift' rule so that each person receives one thoughtful gift rather than lots of smaller ones.

R is for... reuse and recycle

So much waste is created during the festive season, so recycling and reusing is a must. Check out this handy recycling guide to see what you might be able to recycle, it also has some great ideas for reusing and recycling over the Christmas period.

S is for... shop local

Shopping locally helps to support small businesses and the local community and minimises your carbon footprint. We have over 500 wonderful stockists around the world and they would absolutely love to share their wonderful selection of products with you this Christmas and beyond.

U is for... unity

Now more than ever this Christmas is a time to be united. We hope that you can spend some special time with those that you love, whether physically or virtually. And if we unite to make just a few small changes it could create a big difference for our planet too.

W is for... wrapping paper

Glossy and glittery wrapping paper often looks lovely but typically isn't recyclable. Instead you could use up-cycled brown paper or homemade wrapping paper. Both offer a beautiful vintage look and are better for the planet too.

X is for... Xmas spirit

Christmas is such a busy time of year and often we end up consuming more of everything. This year celebrations will be very different for many of us, so instead we think it would be great to focus on sharing positive Christmas spirit.

Y is for... year

Now that you have discovered our top tips for a sustainable Christmas, why not try and see if some of them work all-year long?