7 Ways To Be More Environmentally Conscious This Christmas

Deck the halls with boughs of…anything eco-friendly? In this festive time of gather and cheer, we sure do a lot of shopping, wrapping and cooking – all of which require a vast array of materials.

Small changes to our means of celebration can make all the difference in reducing our environmental footprint during the holidays. From shopping smart, to thinking about traceability – here are a few tips to help you have a merrier and eco-friendly Christmas…

Avoid One-Use Plates And Cutlery

Look, I know the temptation to avoid all that time washing up after a Christmas lunch-extravaganza is tough, but think of the planet. Just because your plates are made of paper, doesn’t mean they can be recycled – the food will stain them, making them unsuitable for recycling plants and they end up in the landfill.

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Leftover Turkey? Fed up of turkey pie? Give your boxing day leftovers a Mexican twist and make your own TINGA DE TURKEY. Chicken tinga is well known Mexican dish made with shredded chicken cooked in a sauce made from tomatoes and chipotle chilli served up on a tostada. It's super easy to make especially with leftover turkey. How to do it: ✔️Torn up leftover turkey ✔️1 onion sliced ✔️4 tomatoes chopped ✔️1 tin of Chipotle chiles in Adobo , or 1 tsp chipotle chilli paste ✔️3 cloves garlic ✔️1 pack Tortillas Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the turkey to simmer for 10 mins. While the chicken is cooking add the tomatoes, garlic, onion and chilli paste to a blender. Then transfer it to a pan and reduce over a medium heat. Season with salt pepper and a pinch sugar. Remove the turkey and shred with 2 forks add to the tomato sauce cook til reduced by half. Toast the tortillas in a pan until until crisp and spoon over the turkey. Serve with avocodo, or lime mayo. #christmasturkey #turkey #christmas #christmasfood #christmasdinner #christmasfeast #homecooking #recipesbychefliam

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Look For Re-Usable Or Recyclable Wrapping Paper

A great substitute to printed wrapping paper (most of which cannot be recycled), is brown paper (or even brown paper bags) and newspapers. It might sound a bit obscure, but these 2 materials, with the right complementary decorations, can make your presents look more aesthetic and ‘on trend’ than you may think.

Limit Food Waste And Compost Leftovers

Do your bit for Mother Nature and consider all the food scraps that get chucked into the bin at Christmastime (although you should be composting all year round).

Sending Forest-Friendly Christmas Cards

I know some of us don’t write Christmas cards anymore, but you can still send your season’s greetings without costing the planet. Cards with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mark guarantees the paper has been produced sustainably. You can also re-use certain Christmas cards and transform them into decorations for the following year!

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Switch To LED Christmas Lights

LEDs are way more eco-friendly than the traditional twinkling lights, they use up to 80% less energy…You can also switch to solar-powered lights outdoors. You’ll be helping both the environment and your electricity bills!

Rethink Your Decorations

Ditch the tinsel and look for ornaments made out of glass, brass or wood (and you can even try buying them from smaller and more ethical companies). You can even make your own, or forage for pine cones!

Invest In A Reusable Advent Calendar

Think of all that packaging that goes to waste just to open a piece of chocolate or a small gift… Instead, try setting a budget and plan with your friends to exchange reusable advent calendars and fill them up with some surprising goodies!

 

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