Dreaming of a Green Christmas? This year, deck the halls with boughs of holly and spread the festive cheer sustainably. Let's explore creative ways to adorn your home while minimising the environmental impact.
1. Natural ornaments and greenery
Embrace the beauty of nature by incorporating natural elements into your Christmas décor. Instead of plastic baubles, consider using dried citrus slices, pinecones, and cinnamon sticks. Create charming garlands using eucalyptus branches, holly, or twigs. Not only do these elements add a touch of authenticity to your decorations, but they also decompose naturally, leaving behind no environmental footprint.
2. Upcycled delights
Give new life to old items by upcycling them into festive decorations. Transform wine corks into cute reindeer ornaments, repurpose mason jars into twinkling candle holders, or create a unique wreath using discarded fabric scraps.
3. Energy-efficient lighting
Swap traditional incandescent Christmas lights for energy-efficient LED alternatives or solar-powered options. LED lights at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer,1 reducing the need for frequent replacements.
4. DIY wrapping paper
Reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping by making your own wrapping paper. Use old newspapers, magazines, or even fabric scraps to create unique and personalised gift wrap. Finish it off with natural twine or reusable fabric ribbons for an eco-friendly touch.
5. Rent or reuse decorations
Consider renting your Christmas decorations, especially for larger items like artificial trees or elaborate displays. Alternatively, if you already have decorations from previous years, embrace the sentimentality of reusing them, giving your space a nostalgic and familiar feel.
6. Potted Christmas trees
If you can't resist the charm of a real Christmas tree, opt for a potted one. Potted trees can be planted in your garden after the holidays, extending their life and reducing waste. Alternatively, many areas have Christmas tree recycling programs that ensure the tree is chipped and repurposed.
This holiday season, let's redefine the way we decorate and celebrate. By incorporating sustainable practices into our festive preparations, we can create a Christmas wonderland that not only brings joy to our homes but also contributes to a healthier planet.