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How to make your Christmas more eco-friendly

07 November 2019

Christmas shouldn’t cost the Earth so follow our tips for how you can have a more environmentally friendly festive season while saving yourself a few pennies too. 

Give second-hand gifts

Ditch the usual smellies and novelty toys this festive season and opt instead for a truly unique pre-loved gift. From antique copies of favourite childhood books to bagging a designer bargain in your local charity shop, whatever second-hand gift you find will not only delight your loved one but also cut down waste. You can find excellent gifts at the W&S Renaissance shop, which offers a huge range of rescued items at great prices, including new and vintage clothing, children’s toys, restored furniture and household accessories. 

Choose a tree that’s FSC Certified 

There’s no beating the fresh pine scent of a real Christmas tree but this year, make sure to look out for confirmation your chosen fir has been FSC Certified. This official license from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirms your tree has come from sustainable suppliers, such as well managed forests and/or recycled sources. 

Replace wrapping paper with brown paper

It may surprise you to learn that not all wrapping paper can be recycled as it often includes glitter that is actually made from plastic. Instead, opt to use traditional brown paper as it's 100% recyclable. If you like your presents to really ‘pop’, try decorating the paper with festive stamps, tying it up with ribbon or string (make sure to save this for next year) and, for a final finishing flourish, add a sprig of your FSC certified Christmas tree. 

Buy recyclable decorations

It’s easy to go overboard with Christmas decorations, especially when they’re displayed so beautifully in the shops. However, many ornaments are made from plastic, which is difficult to recyle and often ends up in landfill, eventually making its way into our oceans and rivers. So, to give the environment a helping hand, opt for decorations made from wood, fabric and glass. 

Don’t go overboard on the food

While one of things most of us love about Christmas is the chance to indulge in some delicious food and drink, it’s also a time where we throw away a lot of leftovers. So, when planning your festive feast this year, be sure to ask yourself if you really need that second yule log or spare bag of potatoes. And don’t forget to take your reusable bags with you when you brave the supermarkets!    


W&S are one of the South’s largest recycling companies, offering a range of services to help keep landfill to a minimum, including glass, plastic, paper and metal recycling. To learn more about how you can reduce your waste this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01202 675564

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