Top Tips for a more eco-friendly Christmas:
- If you still have Christmas cards from last year, cut these up to make gift tags. Here, we’ve also used a ribbon from last year’s crackers.
2. The typical Christmas wrapping paper is shiny and not recyclable, so consider using a paper that is recyclable or reuse tissue paper, newspaper, old wallpaper, fabric etc all tied up with string or ribbon (not sellotape which is not recyclable).
3. Make your own wreath using sticks or foliage from the garden and blinged up with any bright and interesting fruit, baubles, pine cones, cinnamon sticks etc – see Mrs Balcombe’s Youtube video on how she makes her own wreaths with a bit of local foraging. The foliage can be composted after Christmas, and the wire and other decorations reused.
An alternative wreath is one made from old plastic bags – lots of ideas on the web if you search ‘Plastic Bag Wreath’. All you need is an old wire hanger and plastic bags.
4. Make your own advent calendar. Here’s one made by Georgina for her son, Tom.
5. Make your own decorations – below are some that Georgina has made from saved wool and buttons.
6. Prairie Wish makes seed cards that can be planted after Christmas.
Let us know of any other ideas you might have and we’ll add them here.