Christmas is a period of excess! It is no surprise then that plastic features heavily in the average festive household. Research shows that Brits bin more than 100 million bin bags full of plastic packaging from gifts and toys at Christmas. Here are five top tips for cutting your waste this festive period.
- Shop local for your grocery shopping. Make a nice day out, out of it. Visit your local farm shop and artisan bakery for your seasonal treats. Your Christmas dinner will taste even better if you know it is locally sourced.
- Swap wrapping paper for recyclable brown parcel wrap. You can make it look more decorative with some biodegradable washi tape.
- Choose a living Christmas tree in a pot and then replant it in your garden ready for next year.
- Collect objects from nature and make your own decorations. Combine sprigs of holly and other green foliage, with pine cones and oven dried orange slices for a natural way to decorate and fragrance your home.
- Boycott plastic gifts. Ditch the plastic toys for the children in your family and buy them the gift of nature this Christmas. Treat them to a Sheffield and Rotherham annual family membership, for two adults and up to four children, and they will receive our hedgehog adoption kit complete with cuddly toy hoglet and adoption certificate, as well as regular copies of Wildlife Watch children’s magazine.
Happy holidays x