Christmas is around the corner and, even if we literally love the festive season, it is often synonymous with excess and waste. During this time of year two million turkeys are reared, killed and then binned. One billion cards are thrown away, and enough wrapping paper is used that could cover the whole planet 9 times over! That’s why we should be more conscious and responsible during the festive season. Yes, Christmas can be fun, affordable and environmentally friendly! How? You just need to follow our tips!
- Shop Local and Organic
Think carefully through everything for the Christmas menu, and try to rethink some old traditions. For example, order your ingredients from local stores and choose supplier that use minimal packaging. Buy loose fruit and veg, so that you’ll bring home only as little or as much as you need, putting everything in reusable bags. Try choosing organic wherever possible and supporting small-scale farming with the products you buy. Take a look at our special Christmas food selection! And don’t forget your reusable shopping bags when you go to the supermarket!
- Plan Ahead the Christmas Menu
Plan carefully what you are going to eat for Christmas and then buy just the ingredients you’ll need for the menu. Only serve things that you know will get eaten by your guests and remember that some of them may follow gluten-free or vegan diets! What about a vegan panettone , some gluten-free truffles or an alcohol free pudding? If you think there are some extra bits you might need, buy frozen or long-life foods that will last after Christmas. If you do have food left over, use your imagination for a zero-waste recipe or check out websites such as www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for inspiration.
- Be a Conscious Cook
We use meters of foil, cling film and baking parchment at Christmas. That’s why you should invest in reusable wax wraps and tin liners. Always be a conscious cook when you are in the kitchen: avoid plastic waste, recycle what you already have and be creative!
- Promote Sustainability in your Christmas Gifts
As consumers, all of us can use our spending power to finance those business who produce sustainable products. You can promote sustainability in your gift choices. Start by making a list of the people you will be buying a gift for and think about what they would love to receive that can be eco-friendly too. There are sustainable alternatives in every aspect of daily life: from clean beauty and vegan skincare to organic foods and self-care! And remember that you don’t need to spend much money for lovely sustainable presents! In our stores and online shop you can find many eco-friendly and ethical gift ideas under £15! Visit our ONLINE SHOP GIFTS SECTION to get inspired!
- Reduce Wrapping Waste
Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable, so try to avoid wrapping waste and choose reusable and sustainable wrapping alternatives. This Christmas you can find the beautiful Thabita Eve wrapping cloth in our stores and online shop! These cotton wraps are a Japanese tradition and they are called Furoshiki. Then, there are other sustainable ways to wrap your presents, like old newspaper or gifts paper. They can look lovely with some dried fruit or leaves added! And don’t forget to make your own cards or send them like e-cards (really popular now!).
Have yourself a sustainable Christmas from ANI!