A merry eco-Christmas

December 18th, 2019

Are you thinking about the environment this Christmas?

Recycling matters more than ever at this time of year because of the high volume of waste generated from households and businesses alike.

 

Here are some steps you can take to help boost recycling whilst enjoying the festivities:

Consider your packaging – whether it is presents or deliveries, think about how what you are buying or delivering is packaged. Remove the sticky tape from cardboard boxes before putting them in the recycling or is there an option to buy a gift without unnecessary packaging?

Christmas cards – although they are a nice gesture, a lot of them cannot be recycled. Think about opting for a recyclable option or donating to charity instead of sending them at all.

Wrapping paper – do the scrunch or rip test to see if it is recyclable. If the scrunched up ball holds its shape then it can be recycled. If it unravels then it can’t be. This is because of the material it is made from or the coating. Non-recyclable should go in the general waste. If you’re unsure, play it safe and put it in the general waste. You can read about how we deal with our residue general waste in our recent blog post.

Decorations – from Christmas trees to wreaths, there are many eco-friendly options out there. Real Christmas trees can be collected post-festivities by a charity for a small donation (check your area for availability). Wreaths are an increasingly popular addition to front doors over the Christmas period. When buying or making, consider the eco-options of moss/wood based as opposed to foam based.

Food & drink – consider buying loose fruit and vegetables instead of those pre-packed in plastic wrapping. Some retailers offer fresh fruit and veg in paper bags which is a great alternative. This will also help with food wastage as you can determine the exact quantity you will need!

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