Being sustainable is something that we are all trying to do in our homes. However, with the Christmas months coming up, it can be difficult. There is a lot of waste, especially food waste. Furthermore, there are many other things to go to waste as well.
When it comes to Christmas, it’s helpful to find innovative ways to ensure you are more sustainable and there are many things you can do to ensure you and your family are more sustainable this winter. Here are several ways to ensure you are doing your part this Christmas.
Stick To The Seasons With Your Food
Eating with the seasons is a great way to support your local shops and ensure you are more organic. This includes fruit and vegetables such as leeks, parsnips, carrots and potatoes. Moreover, it is the perfect time to start supporting your local farm shops and visit the village markets.
Something else you could do is start growing your fruit and vegetables, especially those you would need for Christmas. It is a bit late in the year for growing your fruit and vegetables so it may be an idea for the upcoming growing season.
Avoid Festive Food Waste
One thing that we all know is there is a lot of food waste over the festive period. For some reason, we cook endless amounts of food to ensure nobody is left hungry which is great, but it could leave you wasting a lot of food. We suggest you cook your usual portion sizes for however many people you are cooking for and then add another portion. Additionally, you need to start measuring your position sizes instead of throwing whole bags of potatoes, carrots and anything else you add to your plate.
One of the benefits of a Christmas dinner is that you can have it the following day and it still tastes just as good. Instead of throwing leftovers away after you have finished eating, we suggest you put your food in glass storage containers. Ensure there is plenty for a portion and then someone can have another Christmas dinner the following day.
Organic Wrapping Paper
Believe it or not, there are ways to ensure your gifts are sustainable as well. Thanks to organic wrapping paper, we can ensure that even one of the messiest parts of Christmas is also sustainable. Yes, you will need to pay a little extra than usual, however, it is worth it. Not to mention that the wrapping paper is high-quality as well. No matter what the gift is, it could be clothing such as gym leggings, oversized hoodies or even a new coat. Wrap it up with organic paper and you will feel like a much better human.
One thing you need to remember is that you are not using tape as this cannot be recycled. There are two ways to wrap your paper and ensure it is secure. One of those would be to use paper tape however, this might not stay stuck down. Additionally, you can use clues but that could get a bit messy. You could always just leave the present unwrapped and place it in a gift bag however, you may struggle with larger presents.
Rethink Christmas Gifts
When people try to be more sustainable, some people try to cut back on giving gifts. However, there are many gifts you can buy which are unsustainable. For example, if you are buying them a new jumper or t-shirt, find sustainable fashion brands that design their clothes with organic cotton. Moreover, there are many other sustainable materials such as organic linen, lyocell and cork.
Living a sustainable lifestyle makes you feel a lot better in your life. However, being sustainable during the festive period isn’t an easy thing to do either. Nonetheless, we have given you three tips to ensure you are more sustainable for the festive period. Things like being sustainable with your foods are a great way to boost your spirit and make you feel good about yourself. Just ensure you are shopping at local shops to ensure you are not supporting fast fashion brands, and shop at your local food markets.
Also be sure to check out our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for our curated collection of ethical brands dedicated to a healthy home, personal wellness, sustainable + ethical fashion, and a conscious lifestyle.