It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It may be the most joyful time of the year, but it can also be the most wasteful. From single use wrapping paper, to pesky glitter, there are many sustainable swaps you can make this year. Here is our handy guide on how to be more thoughtful this Christmas. Think of it as your Christmas gift to the rest of the world.

It's a wrap for non-eco paper

Mixing up your gift wrapping this year is one of the easiest ways you can help make a difference, and it doesn’t have to be boring. You could use a recyclable craft paper, but if you want to do something very different and personal, why not wrap your gifts in reusable fabric, such as linen. It's a fab way to recycle your old bedding and this way the wrapping can be used every year and will look beautiful under the Christmas tree.

Ditch the glitter (sort of)

You’ve probably heard this many times before - glitter is really not great for the environment. Don’t worry though, there are lots of alternatives out there (it’s not Christmas without a little sparkle after all). Keep your eyes peeled for any plant-based glitters that are biodegradable; they’re often called bio-glitter. And you can find out more here

Buy one or two gifts

This Christmas, try buying one or two bigger, special gifts rather than lots and lots of small things that people might not need. By doing this, you’ll be reducing waste and your loved-one will be thrilled with their extra special gifts, it’s a win-win. Let's be honest, presents is not what it's about and although this year will be like not other Christmas before it, our health has to be the best give we can give each other. Experiences are a great gift too and when this terrible Coronavirus is over, we'll all be itching to get outside and do some fun stuff together.

Make your own wreath

Lucy, Our very own Head of Marketing makes her own wreath every Christmas. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s original, a little bit different and of course lots of fun to make. You could have a whole day of festive fun with Christmas crafts and baking. Head into the woods to gather some supplies, pop on the Christmas playlist, put the kettle on and get going.

DIY Christmas cards

Speaking of getting crafty, why not try making your own Christmas cards? Grab your recyclable card and your eco glitter and get making. If making your own isn’t for you, make sure that you are buying 100% recyclable cards. Even better, browse online for some small, local businesses and give them a little extra business this year.

We hope that this has given you a few ideas to help make a difference this Christmas. These changes might not seem like a huge difference but imagine if everyone in the world made just a few tweaks.

Happy Christmas all.