Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a tough year for both people and our planet. With small changes and a little creativity, Bokashi Bran can help you make all the difference by choosing to make this year an eco-friendly Christmas, simultaneously reducing your festive season spend and your environmental footprint at the same time.
6 Ways to Reduce Waste This Christmas
The less waste you send to landfill, the bigger impact you can have on helping to reduce global warming. Check out these six top tips to assist you in shopping smarter and opting in on eco-friendly Christmas decorations, gifts and gift-wrapping solutions. For more tips on how to be more eco-friendly, visit our blog.
1. Buy Less By Making Lists
Planning is key when it comes to reducing your spend and wastage during the festive season. Making shopping lists and sticking to them will help you to stop buying more than is necessary, whether it be festive food for your Christmas celebrations or gifts for family and friends.
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2. Use Recyclable Gift Wrap
Many of us tend to re-use last year’s wrapping paper as well as buying a few new rolls but what we don’t realise is that much of the wrapping paper contains non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic coatings.
If you want to know if your wrapping paper is eco-friendly, do the scrunch test. Simply scrunch up a piece of the paper with your hand and let it go. If the paper stays scrunched, it is generally a type that can be recycled or composted but if it unravels of its own accord, then that’s a sure sign that it is non-recyclable.
As well as opting to purchase printed recyclable wrapping paper, you can also get creative by using brown paper bags, tissue paper or even fabric scraps to wrap your gifts in. Use eco-friendly wool, string or paper raffia ribbon instead of traditional non-recyclable ribbon to tie up your parcels and for decoration. Add a few pinecones or dried flowers and leaves for extra pizazz.
And if you simply cannot do without glitter for that little bit of Christmas sparkle, instead of traditional glitter which is made from plastic, sprinkle on some edible glitter which is biodegradable.
3. Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards
Whether you send out Christmas cards or use gift tags on your presents, this year choose to buy or make your own cards using recycled or recyclable paper. A quick Google search will lead you to local on-line suppliers or crafters who offer a variety of growing paper gift tags or cards which contain seeds in the recycled paper and are themselves, a gift that can keep on giving.
Don’t forget to responsibly recycle any cards and wrapping paper for use next year, or compost them after the festive season is over.
4. Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations And Gifts
Instead of using single-use crackers to liven up your Christmas lunch table, make or buy reusable ones and add your own personalised surprises. Think toilet roll inners and recyclable paper or alternatively source crackers made from fabric and cardboard tube inners that zip up or tie closed and can be re-used year after year.