Merry Zero Waste Christmas
Christmas is a time for family, joy and unfortunately a whole lot of unnecessary waste, but not this year. With our Merry Zero Waste Christmas guide you can avoid the waste and focus more on the important things this holiday season.
Zero Waste Presents
We all want to give the ultimate gift, one that is meaningful and will ignite that sparkle in their eye. We hope they will treasure their present and that it doesn't end up collecting dust. But lets be honest, trends come and go, making finding a lasting gift difficult and even impossible when it comes to children.
Give the gift of lasting memories:
Theme park admission
Book a holiday
Learn a skill (language/pottery/etc)
Handmade play doh
Cookie jar ingredients
Baked goods (Zero Waste Beer Bread)
For the budding Zero Waster in your life check out Biome for some useful eco-friendly gifts:
Bamboo/metal reusable straw
Reusable water bottle
Reusable cutlery set
Reusable coffee cup
Reusable produce bags
If all else fails, give your loved ones gifts they’ll love and actually use, by asking them to each create a wish list and buy gifts accordingly.
Zero Waste Wrapping
It might look pretty sitting under the tree but all that wrapping paper lasts 10 seconds before being ripped to shreds. Resulting in a mountain of pretty litter by the end of the day, headed straight for landfill.
Save yourself some money by choosing recycled and more natural materials to wrap your Zero Waste Christmas presents this year.
Save gift wrap and bags from received presents during the year to reuse for your own gift giving
Fabric wrapping (fu) - Use pretty cloth napkins/tea towels which double as gifts themselves
Decorate newspaper/recycled paper
Create ‘ribbon’ and ‘bows’ from different coloured paper
Decorate with dried lavender or other flora
Paper based tape
Save what you can from this year’s presents to be used for next year’s birthdays and Christmas.
Zero Waste Decorations
Give your home a more cozy feel this Christmas using natural materials and a touch of DIY.
Branches and leaves
Zero Waste DIY:
Salt dough ornaments
Gingerbread house (cardboard/edible)
Zero Waste Christmas Tree
Plastic Christmas Tree
A plastic tree will last you a lifetime. However that’s also its disadvantage as it will last forever in landfill too. If you do opt for buying a plastic Christmas tree, take care of it by storing correctly and use it for at least 12 years (ideally forever). Thats how long it will take to make up for cutting down a real Christmas tree each year.
Real Christmas Tree
There's nothing like the smell of fresh pine on Christmas, plus you don’t have to find the space to store a huge Christmas tree box for 11 months of the year. Once New years rolls around make sure its disposed of appropriately by composting or creating wood chips and fire wood.
Zero waste Christmas Tree
The best option for a Zero Waste Christmas tree is getting a potted one, which if treated just right can be used for many Christmases to come.
DIY Christmas Tree
Throw tradition out the door and do a DIY Christmas tree this year! If you’re lazy just grab a nice branch and bring it indoors or simply decorate a pot plant. Otherwise gather some natural materials together and get creative (pinterest helps too).
Zero Waste Christmas Party
Host a Merry Zero Waste Christmas party this year without the tacky Christmas crackers, instead reduce your holiday waste with our tips below.
Zero Waste Christmas decorations as above
Use reusable plates, glasses and cutlery (finger foods reduce washing)
If catering for a larger number of people, borrow or buy what you need second hand
Remember to bring out the cloth napkins
Whip up your own Christmas snacks or ask guests to bring a plastic free dish
Give away or eat the leftovers then compost what can't be saved
Attending a Christmas Party Zero Waste style
You can’t always control the amount of waste produced when attending an event but the following tips will help you reduce where you can.
Simply ask if reusable options are available for you
If not share disposables where possible
Or bring your own reusables with you
When bringing a plate use a container with a lid or a beeswax wrap instead of plastic
How do you create your own Zero Waste Christmas?
I'd love to hear in the comments below!