Ideas for a sustainable Christmas
From gifts to decoration, not forgetting Christmas supper, there’s always room for improvement.
A Christmas tree can be any tree…
… as long as it is not plastic. Every year, millions (or should we say billions?) of plastic Christmas trees are dumped. This just mean more plastic going who-knows-where. This year break the cycle! Get a real Christmas tree, potted! Or, if you don’t have the space, opt for a smaller plant, bush, bonsai, even a cactus! Go wild! Just like home is where the heart is, Christmas is where the spirit is.
Reuse wrapping paper
You know that drawer of yours that’s full of wrapping paper from gifts you receive? Yes, that one, that you save because next year you are totally doing some arts & crafts. This is the year you’ll use it, and to wrap Christmas gifts no less. But wait, are they different and already used? Not a problem! Mix and match, make some collages, improvise! Use old pieces of fabric, add a beautiful bow, get yourself some eco-friendly glitter, and let the spirit of Christmas in.
Don’t waste food
Food waste is a monumental problem nowadays, and while some struggle to be able to afford food, some other waste it abundantly. Don’t worry, it can be changed. Think ahead if you need all that foodon Christmas day, maybe you don’t. Besides, do not let your leftovers go to the bin – use them to create new recipes! Spices and herbs are your friends, and so is creativity. A sustainable Christmas starts at the table.
LED Christmas lights
Although pretty and cosy, Christmas lights are not really necessary. However, we understand that the pretty colourful lights are an essential part of the season. As such, make the conscious choice and use LED lights: just as pretty, but less wasteful. LED lights can use up to 80% less energy than regular ones.
Gifts from the heart
Gift hunting is exhausting and it’s common to just panic and buy something rushed, unnecessary, and overpriced. This year have a sustainable Christmas with sustainable Christmas presents. The solution is DIY, or regifting! You know that book you treasured so much, that took you on a wild ride, but now is just sitting there in a shelf? Why not regifting it to someone you like? Add a personal note and a DIY gift wrap, and you’re all set. If you prefer to make something from scratch that’s also great! Soap, tea bags, jam, chutney, infused olive oil, gingerbread cookies, and many more!
Shop fresh, shop local
Shopping locally and supporting small, local producers is also a way of being eco-friendly. This is because, when you buy locally, you indirectly help reduce carbon emissions, since the food and produce didn’t need to be transported to you. Also, it is more likely that the food is organic, and you’ll be helping out a small producer. A sustainable Christmas isn’t just about the planet, it’s also about its people.
Circular economy is the way to go! Why not get your gifts, Christmas decorations, or even your Christmas outfit from a second-hand shop? The best part is many of these shops support a local charity. In return, you can also donate some clothes you no longer wear, instead of throwing them.
And since it’s Christmas, how about giving your close ones something to change their lives? Sustainable essentials are a perfect present for those who are very, very, very close to make the jump to a more sustainable life. We’re talking bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, toothpaste tabs, and more.
Clementine x Green Tailors for a Sustainable Christmas
We’ve teamed up with Green Tailors and created special, limited edition giftpacks that you can customise. You can have three Green Tailors products, essential oils, soap bars, plant-based sanitiser or bathroom essentials, and two Clementine products of your choice. Surprise someone this Christmas with a sustainable giftpack – or treat yourself to one. And have a very Merry Sustainable Christmas.
Take good care. Of You. Of mother nature