Earth Notes: On Greening Christmas
Twelve top tips that the Internet gave to me... Have fun, save money, do the right thing by the environment - triple win!
This is deliberately a bit of a linkfest, to give you lots of ideas!
Think ahead, save money and trim your Christmas carbon footprint:
- Have a potted or plastic or recycled cardboard tree so that it's reusable next year, and use energy-saving LED lights.
- Re-use gift bags and make wrapping paper with the kids eg using potato prints on redeployed packaging/paper/card; recycle what you can't re-use.
- Keep your cards to make tags next year.
- Buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposables.
- For someone who has everything already buy a charity gift, eg a goat for Goa from Oxfam, rather than unwanted tat.
- Buy someone a herb garden or seeds rather than plastic or electronics.
- Get your groceries delivered, and share with a neighbour, to reduce emissions.
- Don't waste food, use leftovers, and don't buy more than you need for the break.
- Eat less meat and more veg this Christmas (and grow some of the veg at home for next year).
- Travel by public transport, and don't go too far (so don't fly).
- Check your home's insulation and draught-proofing to keep down your heating bills (and carbon footprint) and look for grants and loans to help!
- Feed the birds (and your compost heap).
Don't forget to have fun!