Christmas, inevitably, is a time of excess. And excess also means waste. But winters spent throwing away inordinate amounts of packaging and buying kitschy Secret Santa gifts are over. Apparently, a whopping 227,000 miles of wrapping paper and 17.2 million Brussels sprouts are thrown away each year. That’s a lot of stuff for one day.
There are a lot of easy steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet while still having a festive time, though. You can now rent Christmas trees, which is a pretty decent way to spruce up your home and not have to deal with a fake one taking up space in the spare room for eleven months of the year. And if you hate mince pies and other festive foods that come with loads of packaging, don’t bow to peer pressure: just don’t buy ’em.
Plus, it’s really rather easy to deck out your home sustainably these days (and we promise no one will even notice). So, looking to track down some eco-friendly decorations this Christmas? Here are some of our favourites.
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