Here at Earth Conscious HQ, we continue to be mindful of the excess waste that can be created by the seasonal festivities and aim for an eco-friendly Christmas. Ours is shaping up a little like this thus far.
For the fourth year running now, our reusable advent calendar made another appearance. Ours was made from some new velvety pouches and recycled materials reclaimed from a craft bank. We fill it every year with chocolates and messages of Christmassy things to do. Admittedly this year we have failed on the *Christmassy* things to do as life as gotten in the way.
A Christmas Tree was needed this year as our old rescued from the recycling centre plastic tree returned to the recycling centre 4 years later due to our house move. So this year, we have a real tree, potted too! We can hopefully re-pot or replant and maybe even use again next year. Either way, the Christmas Tree will live on past this year’s event. Decorations, nothing new. Many collected over the years and some older than my 44 years that have been made by my own grandparents. It makes our tree always feel that little bit more special.
Christmas Food. This year again we are not buying too much. We are shopping locally instead of doing the big supermarket shop. This is a big saver on waste whilst supporting small local businesses too. We won’t cook too much and we will eat when we are hungry rather than because we feel we should.
A new one for us this year are reusable crackers. We absolutely loathe the crappy gifts that you get inside crackers. What a total and utter waste of resources not to mention the wasteful packaging. Then we discovered reusable crackers from Keep This Cracker. Keep the fun without the waste.
Gifts very scaled back again this year. Have tried to shop ethically and consciously as much as possible and not just for the sake of buying more stuff that nobody really needs or wants.
Gift Wrapping this year is using what we have leftover from last year plus we have a collection of gift bags that have been used previously too. Recycling! The children have fabric sacks that have come out year after year too. We may slip in some Cloth wrapping with ribbons too and will most certainly be using brown paper tape where possible instead of the plastic stuff. It is important when buying paper wrap to avoid the metallic all singing all dancing stuff because it is not easily recyclable so we will be bearing this in mind throughout the year now even for birthdays.
So that’s it for now. We do try to live by the ethos behind the brand *be more earth conscious* as best we can. Remember, it’s small steps and they do count.