A lot of travelling is done over the Christmas period, car share, walk or take public transport when you can. If you are feeling very brave and need a blast of cold air to wake up there is always your bike too!
I have visited a landfill site, they are definately places to avoid! They don’t smell or look nice, they fill up our countryside with rubbish and create wasteland. Much of what ends up in landfill could actually be recycled or reused, once underground we can’t get at all those precious resources anymore. Approximately 30% more glass, steel and aluminium are thrown away after Christmas, most local authorities collect these or provide a local recycling point so make sure yours don’t end up in landfill.
As a gift make someone a hamper of local produce or homemade goodies and display in a reusable jute bag or second hand basket from a charity shop or boot sale.
A lot of packaging is thrown out over Christmas. Buy loose rather than pre-packed vegetables for your Christmas dinner and reduce waste.
If you are like me and a bit behind with the Christmas shopping, it is probably getting a bit late for internet shopping so when heading out into the busy streets make sure you take your reusuable shopping bags with you.
Over 10 million turkeys are bought over Christmas, pay particular attention to the origin of the bird as many are imported or travel long distances to be slaughtered and to the shop. Choose a bird that has had a better life, opt for a locally reared free range turkey bought from a farmers market or farm shop and ask the supplier about its life from birth to butcher.
This year due to personal circumstances we are very behind with the festivities. I told you previously that Christmas usually starts for us on 1st December, well it didn’t. We are now postponing and fast tracking the festivities to try and catch up. Several of my usual traditions have slipped, we are yet to start reading the Christmas mystery, this year I bought a wreath and for the first time ever…. a cut tree! Our usual tree remains in our front garden adorned with our solar fairly lights and on Saturday we all took a trip to a local farm to choose our tree. I must say though… most spectacular tree EVER!!!! If you have also got yourself a cut tree there is hope for us yet, this does not have to ruin our green credentials. When the festivities are over recycle your tree, most local authorities will provide a recycling point for collection. Trees are chipped and turned into compost and mulch to be reused.
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”, decorate your home with plants from the garden: holly, ivy, branches, berries and cones are all options.
Make decorations out of scrap fabric on a sewing machine. For ideas go to your local library and have a look through the craft books, go to www.hobbycraft.co.uk and search the Ideas library for Christmas decorations or watch a couple of Kirstie Allsopp Christmas crafting programmes that the TV is saturated with at this time of year.
A normal string of Christmas tree lights used for 10 hours a day over the Twelve Days of Christmas generates enough CO2 to fill 12 party balloons. If you are thinking of decorating outdoors with twinkling lights invest in some solar powered ones and help cut greenhouse emissions.
If you want to run your fairy lights indoors for longer than 4 hours buy LED fairy lights which use up to 75% less energy than standard fairy lights.
Turn off the pre-recorded music and sing some carols, it will make you feel lovely and festive…