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Sustainable Christmas: 17 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Celebration

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Get ready to deck the halls with sustainability! This Christmas, let’s trade excess for eco-consciousness. From reusable advent calendars to twinkling LED lights, we’re unwrapping a gift of green ideas to make your holidays festive and environmentally friendly. Dive into a season of joy without waste—let’s celebrate a Christmas that gives back to the Earth!

Reusable Bows

Bows

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Elevate your gift-giving game by replacing plastic ribbons with reusable fabric bows, adding a touch of sustainability to your wrapping routine. Not only do these bows enhance the aesthetic appeal of your presents, but they also contribute to reducing unnecessary waste in landfills. Choosing eco-friendly alternatives like fabric bows aligns your festive celebrations with a commitment to a greener, more mindful holiday season.

Candles

Candles

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Cast a warm, eco-friendly glow on your festivities with candles crafted from soy, beeswax, coconut wax, or rapeseed wax. Beyond their atmospheric charm, these candles represent a conscious choice for a more sustainable environment. Opting for wax varieties that are kinder to the planet ensures that your holiday ambiance is not at the expense of ecological responsibility.

Cards

Cards

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Send holiday wishes with a green touch—opt for recycled cards. Better yet, unleash your creativity by crafting your cards from recycled materials. Personalizing your cards with recycled materials adds a unique and heartfelt dimension to your messages, reflecting a commitment to creativity and sustainability.

Christmas Drive

Christmas Drive

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Reduce your holiday carbon footprint by embracing sustainable travel options such as public transport or car-sharing when visiting loved ones. Beyond contributing to environmental preservation, choosing eco-conscious travel methods allows you to revel in the season’s joy while minimizing your impact on the planet.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

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Illuminate your Christmas tree with energy-efficient LED lights, creating a festive ambiance while contributing to a more sustainable environment. Remembering to switch them off at night not only adds an extra touch of eco-consciousness but also helps conserve energy. 

Christmas Party Wear

Christmas Party Wear

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Revamp your festive wardrobe sustainably by refashioning clothing you already own or exploring second-hand shops. Embrace the season in style without contributing to clothing waste.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

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Embrace the charm of a real Christmas tree right here in the USA. When selecting your festive centerpiece, support sustainability by ensuring your tree is sourced from local, certified growers. Make a positive impact by choosing a tree from legal and sustainable sources within the USA, contributing to the fight against climate change on our home turf.

Christmas Walk

Christmas Walk

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Swap the remote for a stroll this Christmas. A simple walk reduces your carbon footprint and provides a refreshing escape to green spaces, benefiting both physical and mental well-being. Remember to follow the Countryside Code and respect nature while enjoying the outdoors.

Decorations

Decorations

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Get crafty with homemade decorations instead of single-use options. By channeling your inner artist and adorning your home with sustainable, DIY decorations, you add a personal touch to your festive ambiance while minimizing environmental impact. This creative approach to holiday decor allows you to express your unique style while contributing to a more eco-friendly celebration.

Festive Drink

Festive Drink

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Toast to the season with drinks packaged in reusable or recyclable containers, reducing the burden on oceans and landfills. Sipping sustainably allows you to make every cheer count while contributing to a more responsible and eco-conscious holiday season. 

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Eco-Friendly Gifts

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Share the love and sustainability with eco-friendly gifts like reusable coffee cups or solid shampoo bars. Encourage others to make planet-friendly choices this holiday season.

Experiences as Gifts

Experiences as Gifts

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Shift the focus from material possessions to experiences by gifting memberships to charities or wildlife trusts. Support environmental initiatives like the National Trust or Woodland Trust for a meaningful present that gives back.

Gifts – Make and Bake

Gifts – make and bake

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Craft heartfelt, low-cost gifts by making preserves, jams, or knitting socks. These personalized and eco-friendly gifts showcase thoughtfulness and care, adding a special touch to your holiday celebrations. 

Reusable Shopping Bag

Reusable shopping bag

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Remember your trusty reusable shopping bags when hitting the stores for festive essentials. This small yet impactful step reduces plastic waste and aligns your holiday shopping habits with a commitment to sustainability. 

Donation Drives and Charity Sale

Donation Drives and Charity Sale

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Transform the holiday letdown of unwanted gifts into positive action. Donate, sell, or organize a charity sale for these items, turning one person’s trash into another’s treasure. Let the spirit of giving continue beyond the unwrapping.

Advent Calendar

Advent calendar 

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Embark on the Christmas countdown with a reusable advent calendar, filling it with thoughtful and sustainable gifts. Crafting your advent calendar adds a personal touch to the anticipation of the festive season. By choosing reusable options and incorporating eco-friendly gifts, you make each day leading up to Christmas a celebration of joy and environmental responsibility.

Wrapping Presents

Wrapping presents

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Wrap your gifts in recyclable paper or, for an eco twist, repurpose old newspapers or last year’s wrapping. Avoid foil or glitter-laden paper, as they’re not recyclable and may contain plastic. Make your gift-giving thoughtful and environmentally responsible by choosing wrapping materials that align with your commitment to sustainability.

 

Other Christmas Guides from Planet Natural:

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