Have yourself an eco little Christmas!
It’s almost Christmas (yay) but we all know how easy it is for us to get carried away and forget to think before we buy. Be it the presents we get for one another or the decorations we put around our home, we should try and remember to stick to our values even when time is tight.
But we’re not here to spoil your fun, we just have a few tips to help you lower your impact this year.
1. Wrapping your presents.
We were surprised and slightly horrified when we found out just how much wrapping paper can’t be recycled and inevitably ends up in landfill each year, so why not get creative with your wrapping this year.
We love the idea of using cloth to cover up our presents, not only is it reusable but it looks great and your friends/family will appreciate the extra effort you’ve gone to. There’s lots of reusable gift wrap options springing up, but if you don’t want to spend the money you could always use a pretty scarf or a thin blanket.
Tip: Use the Japanese Furoshiki method to give them effortless style.
An alternative is to use recycled paper with some festival greenery for a rustic & natural look.
And if these still don’t float your boat just make sure you look for recycled & recyclable wrapping paper, avoid anything with foil, glitter or a metallic finish.
2. Deck the halls.
Christmas decorations really help us to get in the Christmas spirit, but finding environmentally friendly options can be difficult. We wont go into the debate of the natural versus the reusable tree. We can save that for a later date as there are pros and cons to each. If you do buy a real tree just check its FSC registered before you buy, as this means it comes from a sustainably managed forest. If your looking for a reusable tree, why not check your local free cycle so that you’re not buying it brand new.
We also found some creative alternatives with a quick search on Pinterest. These were some of our faves!
Other decorations such as ornaments and fairy lights can also have a negative impact, LED lights are a much more efficient option than standard lights and opt for mains powered instead of a battery pack.
We’ve seen some lovely examples of handmade Christmas decorations around London this year.
The key to making your own is to keep it simple, like the origami star below.
We understand that not everyone has the luxury of time to make their own decorations every year, but you could visit your local craft fair and pick some up or if you are buying from the high street try to avoid plastic! Stick to wooden and paper ornaments.
We like to work by the mantra, something meaningful, or something useful, when buying gifts. There’s nothing worse than panic buying some tacky gift set because you ran out of time. They’re normally full of wasteful packaging and will inevitably end up in the bin or gathering dust on a shelf. If you’re stuck on what to buy someone this year, get them a gift card to their favourite store (the wilderpeople, of course!) so that they can choose for themselves and buy something that they will actually use. Or better yet, take them out to dinner or to the theatre. After all time is the most valuable gift we have to give.
So to wrap up (excuse the pun) being more eco-friendly at Christmas doesn’t really limit us, we personally think it opens up even more opportunity for us to be creative, and give something unique. Just remember Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones, getting cosy and switching off from the rest of the world for a few days.
We hope you have a lovely Christmas.
Thank you for reading,
the wilderpeople x
PS. All the images were found via Pinterest.