Have Yourself an Eco-Luxe Christmas…
Our Top Tips on Evergreen Festivities
We all love Christmas – the time of year where we really get to splash out on our loved ones (and sometimes ourselves!), eat great food and enjoy delightful company; but for those of us who strive to practice green-living on daily basis, there’s always something about the wastefulness and the materialism of the festive season that irks us.
However, we’re no Grinches here and we love celebrating Christmas! But we always do our best to do it in such a way that is loving and supportive to our planet and all those who live here, because the affects of what we do during these sparkly winter months doesn’t just stop when the new year begins and it is down to all of us to do our bit for a happier, healthier world.
Choosing to buy with awareness and construct our festive fun with a global attitude in mind doesn’t mean missing out on any fun. In fact, stuffing our stockings (and faces!) with amazing, eco-friendly gifts without that guilty conscious whispering in our ears, it makes the holidays all the better! And the extra thought put into more carefully sourced presents just adds a little more love into the equation too.
From gifting the best eco-luxe goodies from small, home-grown companies to supplying the Christmas dinner table with organic produce farmed in a sustainable way, here are some of our top tips for enjoy ‘evergreen’ festivities.
It’s easy to get carried away with Christmas consumerism, but when the unwrapping frenzy is over and we’re left sitting in the aftermath…how much of the ‘bumf’ do you really want?
With shops pushing holiday sales from the moment Bonfire Night is over and the idea that having a mountain of gifts under the tree is supposed to be the norm, many households end up spending huge amounts of money on ‘filler’ gifts – many of which are mass produced in unethical conditions; many of which contain cheap and harmful synthetic ingredients to make those low, low prices possible.
We are firm believers of the ‘fewer, better’ notion, whereby rather than spending your hard-earned cash on mediocre stuff, you spend the same on carefully selected treats that you or the recipient will really love.
We like to take this one step further and also consider the impact of what we are purchasing on the rest of the world.
It is true that buying high-quality products from smaller companies who choose to use ethical and/or organic production practices (like Tabitha James Kraan Organics!) might mean you end up buying one thing rather than three, but that one thing will not only be a superior product, it will also be considerably more eco-friendly.
Decorate with Nature
With a shocking collective average of £21 billion spent on Christmas each year in the UK and a 30% rise in non-recyclable waste being thrown away, it’s clear that anything we can do to cut back on that is worth doing.
A large chunk of that money and later, rubbish, goes on temporary decorations for the home which get discarded after Christmas so this year, why not try decorating with nature for a real Narnia feel?
Stragglers cut from the bottom of your tree, holly and ivy taken from a bush in the garden, pine cones and beautifully twisty branches collected in the woods make for absolutely stunning, bio-degradable décor. You could even go one step further and buy a living tree this year, which can be replanted outdoors when you’re done and used again and again.
Wrapping paper is of course one of the most wasteful aspects of Christmas and a huge contributor to worldwide deforestation, so taking the time to do something different with your gifts is a fantastic idea.
Many online deliveries arrive in boxes padded with brown paper – use it! Who doesn’t love an eco-luxe gift wrapped in the traditional ‘brown paper packages tied up with string’? Got young children who love getting creative? Use their ‘hand-finished’ paper for a lovely personal touch! Or how about buying some scarfs and cloths from local charity shops to embrace the Japanese art of Furoshiki (wrapping gifts in reusable cloth)?
You’ll love getting creative and your family and friends will love the thoughtful result!