Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a time of the year when many of us use more plastic than we usually would. There’s so much plastic packaging wrapped around the gifts we buy and all of the other festive purchases we make at this time of year. All of that might leave you wondering what you can do to have a great Christmas while also reducing your plastic use or even going plastic-free. Luckily, it’s not quite as difficult for you as you might think. Read on to find out more about how to have a plastic-free Christmas.
Make Sure All of Your Wrapping Materials Are Paper-Based
The first thing you can do is think about your wrapping material. What we often refer to as wrapping paper is actually plastic, so make sure you’re buying real paper for your wrapping. The same applies to ribbons and bows; choose paper options whenever you can. They often look nicer as well!
Make Your Own Nibbles and Festive Snacks to Avoid Excessive Packaging
Making your own food from scratch now only results in better food for festive gatherings and parties, but it also allows you to use less plastic. When you make food with fresh ingredients, you won’t have to buy pre-packaged food that comes with a load of plastic.
Avoid Disposable Plates and Cutlery
Christmas means parties and parties mean food and eating. Often, these parties use plastic plates and cutlery because they’re convenient and reduces the washing upload later. However, they’re not great for the environment. So, if you’re going to use single-use plates and cutlery, choose paper-based options. Or simply leave some time to do the dishes.
Buy Loose Veg and Fruit
When buying food for a Christmas dinner, be sure to choose vegetables and food that are loose. There’s no need to opt for plastic-wrapped options so try not to fall into that trap. Loose vegetables are as good and as tasty as any others, so there are no excuses.
Avoid Glitter and Similar Options When Decorating
Glitter is one of the worst types of plastic out there and it’s now known to be terrible for the environment. Unfortunately, it also looks nice and lots of people like to use it at Christmas. Try to avoid that and find another way to make things look nice and colourful.
After Christmas, Take Your Reusable Bags to the January Sales
After Christmas comes the January sales. That can mean a lot of shopping and, if you’re not careful, a lot of unnecessary plastic bags. Try to avoid that by taking your reusable bags with you when you hit the sales in January.
If you follow these ideas and put in place more steps that’ll help you to cut out plastic, it’ll be more than possible for you to make your Christmas plastic-free. Another good idea is to pass on this message to friends and family to have an even bigger positive impact on the environment.