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5 tips to a Sustainable Christmas

A mother and father decorate a Christmas tree in the backyard with their baby. The father is holding the baby who is holding an ornament and smiling at their mother.

Christmas is fast approaching! It’s a time of fun, laughter, and love. But it’s also a time of excess in every way. From electricity usage to presents galore, an overload of food, packaging, and energy. The festive season takes its toll on the environment, as well as our bodies and bank accounts. 

Did you know that nearly 5 million tonnes of food go straight into landfill, and over 150,000 km of wrapping paper is used every Christmas? The environmental impact of this waste is staggering. But fear not, because this Christmas, we can make a difference and celebrate in a more sustainable and responsible way. 

It’s time to reflect on our Christmas traditions and consider how we can reduce waste and make a positive impact on our planet and communities. As we exchange gifts and gather around the table for a festive meal, let’s prioritise sustainability and compassion. 

This year let’s make a conscious effort to think before we shop and embrace a more meaningful and responsible way of celebrating Christmas. 

Try these 5 tips to start: 

1.    Reduce Food Waste 

One of the biggest sources of waste during Christmas is food. Shockingly, up to 40% of Christmas food goes to waste. But we can change that. Plan your meals carefully, use leftovers creatively, and compost food scraps to minimise waste. Support local farmers and prioritise locally grown produce. Together, we can make a significant impact on reducing food waste and supporting sustainable agriculture. 

2.    Choose Eco-Friendly Decorations 

Christmas decorations can also have a significant environmental impact. Opt for sustainable decorations such as natural materials, reusable ornaments, and energy-efficient LED lights. Consider making your own decorations using recycled materials for a personal touch. 

3.    Say No to Disposables 

Say no to disposable cutlery, plates, and napkins. Thrift the extra place settings and opt for cloth napkins that can be washed and reused. Small changes like these can make a big difference in reducing waste and protecting our planet. 

4.    Eco-Conscious Gift Giving 

The true spirit of Christmas lies in the thought and love behind each present. It’s not about the quantity, but the quality. So, let’s focus on giving gifts that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Choose experiences, homemade items, or products made from sustainable materials. Avoid excessive packaging and consider wrapping gifts in reusable or recyclable materials. 

The image is an infographic featuring the 5 tips listed in the blog. The title reads '5 easy ways to go green this Christmas season' and is at the top with a string of red and green Christmas lights above it. The following tips are listed: 1. Reduce food waste. There is an illustration of a roast turkey with potatoes beside this. 2. Eco-friendly decorations. There is an illustration of two round ornaments beside this, one is plain red and the other is red and with glitter. 3. Eco-conscious gift giving. There is an illustration of a stack of gifts beside this with red and green wrapping. 4. Sustainable Christmas trees. There is an illustration of a pine tree beside this decorated with lights, baubles and a gold star on top. 5. Say no to disposables. There is an illustration of cutlery wrapped in a grey napkin beside this.

5.    Sustainable Christmas Trees 

When it comes to Christmas trees, there are eco-friendly options available. Consider purchasing a live potted tree that can be replanted after the holidays. If that’s not possible, opt for an artificial tree made from recycled materials. Remember to recycle your tree after use or continue using it year after year. 

This Christmas, let’s come together as a community and celebrate in a way that honours our planet, supports our neighbours, and brings joy to all. Together, we can make a difference and create a more sustainable and compassionate world. Let’s embrace Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si, and make this Christmas a truly meaningful and sustainable one. 

Join us in spreading the message of sustainability and making this Christmas one to remember, for all the right reasons. Together, we can create a greener and more sustainable future. 

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world…”  

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