How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas: Food and Decorations

CandideUK
Published on December 13th 2019
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a christmas dinner
Christmas is one of the most challenging times of year to be environmentally-friendly – and being eco-friendly during the festive season can sometimes seem like an impossible task.
It is possible to celebrate – and have fun – without putting extra pressure on our planet. Here are some tips for a more eco-friendly Christmas.

Food

A traditional Christmas dinner uses seasonal British food, which you can nearly always buy from a local producer. Try your local farmers' market or farm shop for fresh, seasonal produce. Buying organic will also have a positive environmental impact.
Many Christmas treats – such as mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings – can be made at home. This reduces packaging, and homemade items are often much tastier too!
Homemade mince pies are usually better than shop bought, in our opinion!
Around a third of the food we buy at Christmas ends up in the bin. By planning meals carefully, not over-buying, storing food properly, and making creative use of leftovers, you can save money and avoid waste.
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Decorations

Although it needs replacing each year, a real tree is more environmentally friendly than a plastic one. Fake trees last just six years on average; they cannot be recycled and take thousands of years to break down in landfill. And they take a lot of energy to manufacture.
Buying a locally grown tree from a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited grower ensures a completely renewable, carbon-neutral tree – which has the added benefit of having provided a habitat for wildlife during its lifetime. And many councils will collect and compost your tree at the end of the festive season.
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Avoiding other plastic decorations is important too. Traditional green foliage decorations such as holly, ivy and mistletoe can be composted at the end of December – and by bringing fresh greenery into your home you will be continuing a Christmas tradition that has been practised for centuries.
Mistletoe is a wonderful, compostable Christmas decoration
Other eco-friendly decorations include chillies, popcorn, cinnamon sticks and gingerbread, which can all be added to the compost heap when Christmas is over.
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