How to go green this Christmas

Star-shaped cookies with green icing and festive design in a jar with Christmas lights in the background

Wednesday 6 December 2017

The festive period is nearly upon us and we've created some useful tips to help you waste less this Christmas:

  1. Love your leftovers – if you make too much food over Christmas (and let’s face it, most of us do), don’t throw it away. Pop it in the fridge or freezer and eat at a later date. Love Food Hate Waste have lots of festive recipes great for Christmas leftovers
  2. Savvy storage - simple tips on storing our foods over the festive period can help us make them last into the New Year. Ensure your vegetables are at their best for the main meal by keeping them in the fridge in the pack they came in.
  3. Be organised – as well as keeping up with all the social dates in your diary, keep an eye on the dates in your fridge too. Use up foods with the shortest dates first.
  4. Buy recycled – if you can, buy wrapping paper made from recycled paper. Avoid foil wrapping paper and cards with glitter on, as these cannot be recycled.
  5. Gift bags with a personal touch – create your own gift bags from old envelopes or use a scarf to wrap up a present.
  6. Send an e-card – sending a Christmas card electronically reduces the amount of paper thrown away.
  7. Experience gifts - such as tickets for a show or concert, a subscription, massage, or cooking lesson, etc. Give the pleasure of a gift without the waste!
  8. Make a 'no unnecessary present' pact - make a pact with extended family or colleagues to not buy unnecessary presents by doing a secret Santa or donating the money to charity.
  9. Buy rechargeable – if you’re giving a gift which requires batteries, then invest in rechargeable ones. It will help reduce waste and save money in the long run.
  10. Plan ahead – make a shopping list and work out which items you will need over the festive period to avoid over-buying food, decorations and gifts.
  11. Just in case - it’s handy to pack a few more reusable bags while Christmas shopping.
  12. Less is more – when shopping choose products which have less packaging.
  13. Think before throwing – if you’ve received a gift you don’t want or have something you no longer need, don’t throw it away. Find out the many ways you can pass items on.

Merry Christmas from the Recycle for Essex Team