Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year when we all start getting excited yet stressed about Christmas.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could enjoy Christmas while knowing that our actions won’t have a negative impact on the environment?

With only 14 days to go here are 5 ideas to get you started on a sustainable and ethical Christmas.

1. Buy smart, think green

Choose gifts made ethically or from recycled sources. Give battery-free gifts. For eco-friendly kids presents ideas check out our selection of creative educational toys, which combine having great fun with learning. We are also running great offers to help you save this holiday season.

 

2. Home made cards & wrappings

It is lots of fun, and surprisingly relaxing to sit together with your kids making your own Christmas cards, colouring in snowmen, reindeers, and Santas. For great home made Christmas card ideas click here.

There are lots of ways to wrap your Christmas gifts without heading to the shops by using newspaper, music sheets, kids paintings, different fabrics, photos, you name it. To see other people’s brilliant and original ideas that will make your gift stand out, click here.

3. Christmas Trees

Artificial trees: If you have one already, use it for as many years as possible to make the most of it. If you don’t have one, try FreecycleEbay or Gumtree for a pre-loved one.

Eco-friendly real trees: buy from a small-scale sustainable grower or make sure your Christmas tree has Forest Steward Council (FSC) accreditation. See www.soilassociation.org/christmas for a list of producers

Grow your own: have a nice Christmas tree in a pot that you can take outside to the garden and use next year.

4. Food and leftovers

Buy locally grown organic food. Head to your local farmer’s market or farm shop to stock up for the festive season.

If you need inspiration for vegetarian or vegan Christmas, visit Vegetarian Society, or The Vegan Society websites. Have recipes for delicious soups, nut roasts, pies, stuffings and puds.

Using the leftovers can be a great way to create new meals, save money and cut waste. For great leftover recipes see BBC Good Food leftovers recipes

5. Booze

Get the party going with organic wine, beer, cider and spirits and know that your hangover will be that little bit healthier (to find out why follow this link)

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best,

Irina and Marina