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.
A is for... advent calendar
A reusable advent calendar is great for counting down to Christmas in an eco-friendly way. You can tailor the treats and keep it for years to come.
If you have been enjoying a shop-bought calendar this year make sure to recycle it if you can and you could look to buy a reusable one ready for next year.
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.
D is for... decorations
This year you could make some of your own decorations using natural materials including pinecones, acorns and bark. Take a look here for some inspiration.
Another fab idea is recycling your old Christmas cards into bunting.
Making decorations is a great activity to get little ones involved with and more sustainable then buying things like tinsel. Those little tiny bits that end up sprinkled all over the house are actually tiny bits of plastic that can’t be recycled.
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!
G is for... gifts
If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, try and be environmentally conscious.
If you're buying clothes you can choose GOTS approved brands like us! This means that the items you buy are sustainably sourced and comply with social criteria too.
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?
J is for... Christmas jumpers
Christmas jumpers have become iconic during the festive season but they can be a very 'fast fashion' option. Try to buy one from a sustainable source or second hand is really great too.
You can even hold your own Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for a charity that helps protect the planet.
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.
M is for... mulled wine
Delicious! Don't just make changes to the food you buy, think about the drinks too.
Organic or vegan mulled wine is more sustainable and tastes just as yummy.
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.
P is for... plastic-free
Throughout the festive season it's good to try and use as little plastic as possible.
Whether it's choosing gifts or food with less plastic packaging or simply reusing shopping bags when you do the Christmas shop, everything helps!
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.
T is for... trees
Artificial trees often get a bad rap but did you know that if you've use one for ten years, it has the same environmental impact as a real tree that is responsibly disposed of?
If you don’t think you’ll keep an artificial tree that long then you could opt for a real one. If you have the opportunity then try to buy a tree that has been locally grown and certified organic by The Soil Association meaning that no pesticides were used during growth.
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.
V is for... vegetables
We all love the classic Christmas veggies and the great news is that they are seasonal which means that they are better tasting and more sustainable.
It’s great to try and choose seasonal fruit and veg where you can (and local too is even better).
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?
Z is for... finally catching some Zzz's
Your busy, eco-friendly Christmas is on its way so make sure you take some time to relax and get some sleep. Zzz...