Tis the season to be extra! So, while we’re going above and beyond to meet friends and family, throw big celebrations and have a merry ole time, let’s take that extra step towards being more green and sustainable as well. Instead of overspending on things that will inevitably end up in a landfill by next Christmas, maybe it’s time to focus on how we can have ourselves a merry, environment-friendly celebration and secure our spots on Santa’s “Nice” list.
And so, here’s a trusty guide on how to celebrate Christmas sustainably.
Deck The Halls With DIY Decor
From Christmas tree ornaments to mistletoe, here’s your chance to make use of your art supplies and DIY skills. Origami snowflakes, old jewellery as tree ornaments, a Santa hat made from an old t-shirt, the possibilities are endless! Creating them could also be a great way to spend time with loved ones and get into the Christmas spirit. Not to mention, you’ll be considerably lowering your carbon footprint (something that’s definitely going to earn you some brownie points with Santa).
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Stuff Your Stockings Sustainably
While you’ll be buying a lot of gifts this season, skip the usual suspects like fast fashion and pricey plastics and make sure to shop brands that sell products that are created and sold sustainably. It also always makes sense to gift people things they will end up using a lot. These are some of the reasons you can never go wrong with gifts from Arture. And always be out on the lookout for combo deals, where you can get more bang for your buck.
O Come All Ye Unwasteful
Christmas warrants a grand feast but you can still make sure that as little of the food and drink go to waste. This can be done by cooking only as much as you and your guests will require and if there ends up being extra, swiftly giving it to those in need or even to an animal shelter. Also, skip out on disposable cutlery. Same goes for disposable plates too, unless they’re biodegradable. Even then, avoid the extra waste. You’ll have to do the dishes but you’d make it on Santa’s (and the planet’s) “Nice” List.
Silent Night With Sustainable Lights
Yes, pretty lights are a big part of Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you need to use up all those kilowatts of energy keeping your house lit up with electrical lighting. Switch to eco-friendly candles made from soy or vegetable-based wax. Extra points if you shop them from a small business or a local brand. Dimming your lights also helps conserve energy and create a warm and cozy atmosphere at home for Christmas.
Crinkle All The Way With Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
Cut down on glossy, shiny paper and go the natural route - newspaper, recyclable paper, twine, etc. But if you’re gifting an Arture design, we’ve already done the hard work for you as all our products are packed sustainably and thoughtfully. Plus, you even get to choose from multiple packaging options.
We hope this guide was helpful and that you’d be using some of these tips this Christmas. Because the more sustainably we celebrate Christmas, the more Christmases we’ll get to celebrate.