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I'm dreaming of a Green Christmas

 Posted Thursday, 12 December 2019

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on, but now more than ever, our much-loved celebration is costing the environment as well as our pockets. So we thought we’d come up with some imaginative ideas on how to have yourself an eco-friendlier Christmas whilst not being a total Scrooge!

Trees

With up to 8 million Christmas trees being bought every December in the UK alone, it’s a bit of a minefield when it comes to what is more ‘eco-friendly’, and real versus artificial.  There are however, lots of options out there besides this such as tree rental, use (or grow) your own, or how about a pot-grown tree which can be planted in the garden after Christmas and used again and again?

Decided on a real tree? Make sure you recycle it after Christmas so it’s shredded, used as mulch on plants in parks, woodland paths or rotted down and recycled as compost!

Lights

Did you know… Traditional Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough CO2 to inflate 12 balloons! Switching to either LED lights, choosing lights that are powered by solar power or rechargeable batteries will offset the energy usage. Switching off the lights will ensure Santa’s reindeers don’t get startled either!

Food

According to the Soil Association, "food is the single most important, everyday way for people to reduce their own environmental impact".

Nowadays veggie doesn’t mean the predicable nut roast when it comes to Christmas day lunch.  There are hundreds of fantastic vegetarian and vegan recipes out there such as vegan brandy butter and even vegan eggnog!..we love this recipe by the Minimalist Baker

Organic meat might be a bit more expensive, but it's better to  buy less of an expensive cut over a larger joint of the cheaper, intensively-farmed meat which has a higher environmental impact. When you’re food shopping, try and choose things that are light on packaging, or buy loose items.

And if you end up over-catering, don't just bin what's left. Transforming leftovers can be a great way to create new meals, save money and cut waste. If you have too many leftovers, see what you can freeze. Or why not donate some to an elderly neighbour, local food bank or soup kitchen? Compost any other waste.

Gifting

Christmas presents shouldn't cost the earth. From buying second-hand to choosing sustainable products, there are plenty of ways to show your loved ones you care.

And whilst on the gifting subject, we discovered wrapping paper contains plastic and is often not-recyclable! Opt for the classic elegance of brown parcel paper tied up with string – adding natural decorations like spruce or homemade cookies. Illustrator Becki Clark has provided us with some inspiration for designing your own wrapping print!

Looking for further inspiration on homemade gifts? Check out our handy homemade gift guide here.

 
We’re always looking for ways to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, not just in everyday life, but also in the homes we develop so with this in mind..

Have you checked out our eco-homes for Shared Ownership sale at Springfield Meadows in Southmoor, Oxfordshire? Built with a unique Biond system these 2 & 3 bedroom homes are set to provide truly low carbon living without compromising on performance or appearance.

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