Here at Rippl we dream of a green Christmas. Christmas is a time of excess, but it doesn’t have to resort to waste. Keep your Christmas out of the landfill this year, by making smart and ethical choices. Follow our quick and easy tips to stay sustainable this holiday season without being a total Scrooge.
While we all like to splurge for Christmas, sticking to the necessities is the best way to protect the environment. It’s estimated 270,00 tonnes of food goes to waste in the UK each year, and of that amount there is 2 million turkeys, five million Christmas puddings and 74 million mince pies. The waste accumulated over Christmas is largely due overbuying, so this Christmas try to calculate how much food your family will need and stick to buying only that. Additionally, if you can, try to buy local to minimise your carbon footprint. The average British Christmas dinner is equivalent to 49,000 air miles and 6000 car trips around the world. Buying from a local farmers market or growing your own vegetables can significantly contribute to the effort. Vegetables can also be bought without plastic packaging in these arenas, so be sure to bring along your bag for life. When it comes to turkeys, opting for a vegetarian alternative is the best course of action, however failing that, organic is the next best option. Lastly, if you are hosting a Christmas party refrain from using plastic cups or paper plates, opt for the real thing and be sure to recycle any remaining waste!
When it comes to Christmas trees, a real tree is usually the greener option.Make sure however that you get one that’s sustainably sourced, look out for the British Christmas Tree Growers Association or Soil Association logo. Fake plastic trees do last for years, but the enormous amounts of energy it takes to manufacture one single tree far outweighs that of an organic tree. Not to mention real trees also help remove carbon from the atmosphere. If you already have a plastic tree, hang on to it and try to make it last as long as possible, as it may not be recyclable.
Alternatively, you could grow your own Christmas tree, buy pre-owned or even rent one.
Outdoor and indoor lights waste astronomical amounts of energy every year. On average Christmas lights are left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 day holiday period. This year make it a resolution to turn off your lights at night and when you’re not at home. If you want a more environmentally friendly option opt for LED lights, which are rechargeable, energy saving and just as festive.
Wrapping paper makes up the largest percentage of the waste accumulated over the Christmas period. Of the 8000 tonnes of paper and plastic produced, recycling even half of it could save 25,000 trees. Try switching to recycled paper, foil or a scarf for your wrapping, save and re-use all gift bags and cut back on cards, opt for e-cards instead. These small amendments can significantly help save the planet’s natural resources.
There are plenty of ways to show your friends and family you care at Christmas, often the most original gifts can be the most thoughtful. Be mindful with your holiday shopping this year by choosing gifts in small recyclable packages and veering away from excessive plastic when you can. Try to buy experiences over single use items and to make homemade gifts for your nearest and dearest. If you want to make an impact with your present, shop sustainable and gift a Rippl bottle which are great not only for the environment but in keeping your hot drinks hot in the winter months. Pick one up for your loved ones today and 15% of the profits will go to water related charities worldwide helping to protect our precious planet.