This week our guest blogger is Mel Fisher, the organiser of the Zero-waste Christmas market!
“The stats are clear.
One billion cards are thought to be thrown away over the festive season, when they could be recycled. Two million turkeys are reared, killed and then binned. Enough wrapping paper is used that could cover the world 9 times over. And, we love it. The excess has become so commonplace that 34% of Brits think waste is ‘just a part of Christmas’.
I love Christmas. When I was growing up I couldn’t get enough of all the bows and ribbons, the endless gifts and festive food. I love the magic and mystery, the songs and the anticipation. A few years ago, my family and I even had a second Christmas in November because my brother couldn’t make it in December!
But, thinking of all the wrapping paper and food that’s binned, and knowing what I know about the waste we produce, I want this year to be extra special. I want it to be Zero Waste.
The Zero Waste Christmas Market was born out of my desire to find a new way to gift this year that also didn’t feel like a sacrifice. I was looking to understand who I could buy from, where I could shop and what I could do to reduce the impact I have. All summer I’d watched the plastic crisis in our oceans, learned about the 12-year climate deadline, and I felt compelled to do something bigger. I wanted to find a way to have the conversation about what Christmas really means and what’s at stake if we don’t change, whilst also enjoying the elements that make this time of year special.
The Market is designed to do everything Christmas does; bring people together, fill their bellies, create memories and magic, but without the waste. We’re sending nothing to landfill, everything is reusable, recyclable or compostable and we’re meat & dairy-free. All of the 30 brands have been hand-selected for their environmental values and high-quality products, in order to help people buy better this year. I want to make it fun and easy for everyone to explore a better way to gift – and to have time to reflect on what Christmas, and consumerism, means for the planet.
I’m excited to have fast-growing disruptors such as Optiat coming, who rescue coffee grounds from London cafes to give it a new life as a high-quality skincare ingredient. They’re even hosting a DIY coffee scrub workshop where one of the founders Anna, will be teaching attendees how to make their own. Brands range across chocolate, gin, cheese, crafts, underwear, children’s clothing, gift-experiences, cards, wreaths, wrapping paper and more. Plus, there’s mulled wine, chestnuts, churros, cake, panel discussions and qualified climate change coaches ready to offer guidance and support. As Nature Intended are supporting by donating a bag of goodies to the raffle and one lucky ticket holder will win the bundle worth £85. Plus every ticket holder will receive a 20% off voucher to spend in any As Nature Intended store, to stock up in even more eco-friendly and sustainable products!
I believe we can still enjoy ourselves and that it doesn’t have to cost the Earth. From the overwhelming response I’ve had to the market, I’d wager I’m not the only one.”
Written by Guest , Mel Fisher