Eight ways yule find it easy to go green this Christmas
Published: 28 October 2020
Gift to the planet as well as your loved ones
We might be in lockdown but it's still the time of year for Christmas shopping and planning - so why not give a gift to the planet as well as your loved ones? Here's eight easy ways to go green and Watch Your Waste this festive season:
1. avoid buying wrapping paper and cards that contain glitter, are lined with foil or plastic, or have batteries as these can't be recycled. Some supermarkets and high-street brands have dropped glitter this year and many charities sell recyclable cards online
2. try making your own wrapping paper. Watch our short Upcycling ideas: wrapping paper video.
3. make your own crackers which you can fill with non-plastic toys so they can be recycled easily. Plenty of recyclable cracker-making kits are available online
4. choose a real Christmas tree. They can be recycled in some areas or taken to your local community recycling centre. Or if you're a garden waste customer you can cut up your tree and place in your garden waste bin for collection
5. repair or re-wear festive jumpers rather than buying new. Or share with family/friends in your household or support bubble
6. upcycle items that you might otherwise throw away and give as gifts
7. buy presents and decorations from zero waste shops – there are some in Surrey and plenty online
8. select energy-saving LED fairy lights, they use far less energy than filament light bulbs.
For more information and festive tips visit the Surrey Environment Partnership website.
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