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Plastic Free Christmas Ideas

Christmas is a time of peace, goodwill… and often a lot of unnecessary packaging.

Consumers in the UK will use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper – over 83km2 of this will end up in our bins.

Try these :

Choose plain paper without plastic ,or glitter coating and avoid that nasty foil type stuff.

Keep and reuse wrapping paper where possible.

Tie with twine or ribbons that can be reused, rather than covering with sticky tape or using foil bows, which often come wrapped in single-use plastic packaging.

Wrap gifts in fabric ( or 2nd hand scarves ) and tie with ribbon. (Not only does this look great, it’s also an easy way to wrap awkwardly shaped presents!)

More ideas here Avoid single-use tableware choose cotton or linen reusable napkins that can be laundered afterwards, and borrow or rent your any extra cutlery and glassware for Christmas entertaining. Upgrade your crackers Many Christmas crackers have a throwaway plastic toy inside that gets discarded as soon as the meal is over ( plus they're RUBBISH )

Make your own (you can source empty cracker sets online) or replace them entirely with a small tabletop gift, such as a little tree decoration or a tiny potted plant for guests to take home.

Choose ‘natural tinsel’ Instead of draping tinsel or plastic berries across a mantelpiece or picture frames, use the real thing, most places that sell trees sell mistletoe & real holly too. If you’re composting, chop leaves and stems up finely or they will take a long time to break down. Alternatively, have your local council take the sprigs away when the holiday’s over.

Decorate a plastic-free tree If you already have plastic tree decorations, then keep and use them – the key here is not to buy any new ones.

If you need new decorations, the following ideas are all beautiful alternatives to plastic:

Make a popcorn garland .. tutorial

Antique glass baubles

Rustic metal stars

Enamelled-tin decorations

Felt decorations

Carved wooden decorations

Strings of wooden beads

Carved or stamped clay decorations

Rediscover paper decorations Making paper decorations and paper chains is a fun, affordable and inherently eco-friendly way to avoid buying plastic decorations. If you fancy giving it a go, there are plenty of online tutorials available and all you need are tissue paper, a glue stick, a pair of scissors and a little patience.

Fashion a natural wreath Making natural Christmas decorations can feel like a bit of a chore if you’re short of time in the run-up to the big day (and, let’s face it, most of us are). But one way to embrace fashioning your own Christmas wreath or garland is to turn it into an occasion. Invite friends and family over, get some mulled wine on the go, put some Christmas music on, and turn wreath-making into part of the festivities. Use scented materials such as pine needles and dried orange slices to ensure your wreath smells as good as it looks.

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