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11 of the best sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas decorations

Looking for sustainable decorations this Christmas? These baubles, bunting and crackers will make your festive season a whole lot greener

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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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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Best sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas decorations

These dinner-table essentials contain plastic-free gifts in plastic-free packaging. Made of recycled paper, the contents replace the usual naff keyrings and golf tees with wooden tree decorations – a gift you might actually want. 

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The makers of these wintry candles, Gold Moss, plant a tree for every order, and all their materials are vegan and ‘cruelty-free’. Light the Festive Fig candle while eating your Christmas pud, or try Winter Lodge to get extra cosy on chilly evenings. 

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The names of these minimalist linen stockings are extremely evocative: think ‘clay red’, ‘olive green’, ‘woodrose’ and ‘cinnamon’. They’ll add an earthy feel to your fireplace, but more importantly, they’re also made of textile leftovers, making them totally zero-waste. 

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Sometimes all you want from a decoration is a bit of colour. These hand-felted garlands are made in solar-powered factories using rainwater run-off, and they’re very, very bright – making for an extremely festive addition to your interiors. 

These extremely glitzy wreaths will add a touch of glamour to your front door – while helping the planet. They’re embellished with baubles, bows and other Christmassy bits from charity shops, giving retro decs a new lease of life. 

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