It’s December, which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! With Christmas lights and trees going up, holiday preparations can come with a side of guilt as we hear of yet another country rejecting UK recycling or the ongoing impact of plastic on our environment. As a company that offers B2B recycling services, we thought we’d take a look at how to make your Christmas eco-friendly, plus how to minimise the amount of waste Christmas generates.
Check your tree
While you may think that buying a ‘real’ Christmas tree is the environmentally friendly option,the truth is a little more complicated. Making sure that you source a sustainably grown tree (look for FSC certification) from a local retailer will significantly reduce your tree’s carbon footprint. For those who prefer to use an artificial tree, you don’t have to feel that you are negatively impacting the earth. Plastic trees that are taken care of and used for a minimum of ten years actually have a lower carbon footprint than buying a real tree every year. The key here? To be mindful of what you buy and how you use it.
Cards and Wrapping Paper
We all love to look at piles of presents under the tree, wrapped beautifully with ribbons and shiny paper. The truth, however, is that these shiny ribbons and paper are made from plastic and not recyclable. Yes, websites advocate wrapping your presents in brown or white paper and tying with string, but if you have children you may feel a little Scrooge-like doing this. A good rule of thumb with wrapping paper is, avoid the bling and use the scrunch test; if you can scrunch it into a ball you can recycle it.
Black Friday saw some great discounts on electrical goods and many people may have chosen to upgrade or buy an electrical gift for Christmas. But what do you do with the old electrical items? For businesses, this is simple, choose a company such as ourselves to dispose of certain items. For individuals, check and see if the shop you are buying from has a ‘take back’ scheme, or if your local tip accepts these. It beats looking at them in the attic for the next ten years!
You can’t beat buying online for convenience, and for some people, it may be the only option. However, for those of us who live near a high street, consider walking or getting public transport to see just what your local shops have to offer. Buying locally is important for many reasons, not least the minimal environmental impact and boost to your local economy. So set aside some time for a wander down your local high street, you may well be surprised!
We hope you have enjoyed our top tips for an eco-friendly Christmas, we’d love to hear if you have one, just pop a comment below.