Tips to a lower waste Christmas
Updated: Nov 30, 2019
My family and I are far far from perfect! But this year I was looking up some easy changes we could make together to help cut down on the waste we contribute to the mess the World leaves behind every Jan 1st. I've always been some what mindful about it but, its amazing the perspective I have gained now that I have a little guy. From trying to buy single use plastics and staying away from plastic one time use toys, being more conscious about the food waste in our house, and now to our consumption and other bad Christmas habits.
Every year over 2 million turkeys are purchased across Canada. Over 230,000 tonnes of food waste get thrown out. Tonnes! I don't know about you but we always have left overs- some get eaten and then, after a few days, whats not eaten is thrown away. Being more conscious about your food choices, amount and where its from could make a significant difference - not only on your budget but your waste contribution. (ps. if you need some amazing zero waste grocery bags check out this Vancouver company)
Consider not buying wrapping paper. Plan a head and save all your paper grocery bags for a couple of months. Not only is that great for your waste efforts but they look beautiful!
It is estimated 1 billion Christmas cards are thrown out every year! An e- card might not be as personal but at least it doesn't end up in our landfills.
Think natural materials, and less is more when it comes to decorations. Not only is it less waste its totally on trend. Natural materials and textures are where its at - think home made orange garlands! (Karin U Living has an amazing how to up on her blog!)
Have a secret Santa amongst your family so there is only one gift per person. Create a theme (zero waste would be a good one - reusable straws, bee wax food wraps or washable make up removers) or set a rule that only the gift of experiences are allowed. Way better anyway!
As Anne-Marie Bonneau put it best "We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly"