Choosing An Eco-Friendly Christmas

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I was watching a series of instagram stories from a celebrity I follow recently and she was making her own Christmas crackers. I was intrigued so I watched as she made them and filled them with prizes that she knew the recipient would like. It got me thinking about the amount of crackers we have pulled over the years and how all the plastic toys inside have just ended up in the bin. It's such a waste and not very environmentally friendly at all. I am actually thinking of making my own this year too. I have also been looking at more ways that we can enjoy an eco-friendly Christmas.

We did start thinking more about waste and our environment a few years ago and we started to make some steps to becoming eco friendly. We made a decision to stop giving and receiving cards, not just at Christmas but birthdays too. Not only do they cost a small fortune but it's such a waste and they do end up in the recycling bin anyway.

This year I will definitely be making our own Christmas crackers and I am thinking about ditching the wrapping paper for brown paper and string. I actually think it looks so much prettier than the multi-coloured paper.

We love heading to Liverpool One at Christmas time to buy all our Christmas shopping. There are so many ways that you can enjoy an eco-friendly Christmas and you could start by making little tweaks when it comes to buying gifts.

John loves coffee and we have a lovely Nespresso coffee machine at home so for Christmas I am thinking about buying him a nice supply of Nespresso pods and a new reusable take out cup. This way he can make his own coffees in the morning and use his cup. Then once he has finished with his Nespresso pods we will take them back to the shop for them to be recycled. I know there will be some morning when he will feel like a Costa Coffee and that's fine, all he needs to do is take his reusable cup with him and they will fill it with his favourite drink. Not only is he helping to save the planet but the pennies too as Costa will take 25p off the cost of his drink.

John will probably head to Lush for some goodies for me this Christmas and if you didn't know already the black pots that Lush products come in are not recyclable everywhere so to encourage you to help the planet Lush asks that you bring back your pots so they can be reused. As a thank you for every five pots returned they give you a free face mask. The Body Shop also offer you the chance to return bottles to them for recycling and whilst there is no reward it is nice to know that you are helping the planet.

These a just a few ideas that we have in mind for this Christmas and whilst they are only small if everyone made just a little effort we could all be enjoying an Eco-Friendly Christmas.

Michelle

14 comments

  1. It is amazing how you can do all these different things now to make things more eco friendly. It sounds like you have some plans on board to help not only Christmas be more eco friendly but the year ahead as well.

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  2. Eco-friendly Christmas sounds amazing and I agree with you, there are indeed plenty of ways to celebrate. I haven't started shopping for gifts yet but I'm already quite excited. :)

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  3. These are some great ideas to have an eco friendly Christmas. Love the idea of making your own eco friendly Christmas crackers!

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  4. Some great ways here to have an eco friendly Christmas - I love that you've been thinking about how your presents can be eco friendly too!

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  5. There really is so much waste at Christmas so this is a really good idea! I think Christmas Crackers are the most wasteful. I don't think anyone ever really uses the things inside for more than a few moments.

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  6. I agree with you totally, this year we are going eco as well with our Christmas shopping and gift wrapping, using more creative style of wrapping with paper bags and packaging.

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  7. I think an eco friendly Christmas is a must. That is always why we buy gift experiences for friends and family x

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  8. Great suggestions, being more eco friendly has definitely been more on my mind this Christmas! We tried the brown paper and string idea last year and it was really effective. The kids also used some Christmas stamps to decorate the brown paper which was pretty cute too!

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  9. I've always been looking at ways to be more eco friendly this Christmas. Love the idea of making my own crackers.

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  10. Lush is so good for Christmas presents isn't it! And I hadn't realised Nespresso did recycling that's amazing!

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  11. I love this and we are trying our best to be more eco friendly in small steps . I love lush and have been using them for years - also have a stash of about 30 tubs so face masks on me eh :)

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  12. I love the idea of eco friendly Christmas gifts and we have been looking at a few eco friendly gifts for the family like bamboo tooth brushes.

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  13. Ooh I love the idea of making my own Christmas crackers, what a great idea! Especially gearing the gifts to each recipient.

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  14. There are so many different ways in which you can have an eco friendly Christmas

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Thanks for your comments. I love reading them :)