Have A Green Christmas!
Holiday season is upon us. Shops and supermarkets are filled with tons of Christmassy stuff and traditional holiday food products that everyone have to have. There might be even some stress in the air about the preparation of the perfect Christmas party.
With all the glitter and festivities around us we might forget what kind of burden this holiday season is to the nature. We don't need to have a bad conscience of the celebration of this atmospheric feast though. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.
Here are some ideas to help celebrate the season while caring for the environment:
Most of us have everything we need already. Maybe you could your give your loved ones carefully thought self-made gifts? A painting or a drawing, a home-made granola, jam or mustard, or a photograph of you and the receiver. One gift per person is enough.
Give immaterial gifts
As this world is quickly filling up with stuff, a good option would be to give immaterial gifts to your friends and family. Write a song or a poem, give a massage gift card, invite someone for a shared nature adventure, buy a SUP course, online skincare coaching or an e-book.
Avoid food waste
Plan before you shop. During the holiday season many of us are hunted by cravings when we do the grocery shopping. We will not starve if we don't buy every possible Christmas food variant. Save the leftovers by freezing or bake a pizza of them. Donate extra food for the needy.
Prefer plant-based food
Traditional Christmas foods include ham, turkey, reindeer, fish, cream and cheese. Replace some of the foods with plant-based variants. Rice porridge can be made with oat milk and a seitan steak is an good option next to the ham. Experiment by making vegan salmon from carrots.
Recycle and reuse
Wrap gifts in old newspapers and use environmentally friendly wrapping paper. Reuse or recycle gift packing materials. When unwrapping large gifts, save the paper for reuse; it can often be cut down for smaller presents or used in hobby crafts. Ribbons and bows are easy to save and reuse.
Light up your home wisely
Choose soy wax and beeswax candles instead of tealight candles wrapped in aluminium. Use energy-saving LED lights and choose EKOenergy.
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Photos: Anna Nyman