November 26, 2021
By Mia Krejci
While the holiday season overflows with good cheer, it’s also trailed by a larger-than-normal environmental impact. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to decorate, gift and eat for a plastic-free Christmas 2021.
When we buy Christmas presents for our loved ones, we don’t necessarily think of plastic waste first. But maybe we should. Our Lifestyle Store offers gifts that are a little bit more special, inspiring, and plastic-free. From wonderful soap bars to organic chocolates, natural skincare, unisex safety shavers, and more plastic-free accessories: discover wonderful gifts for your loved ones that may inspire you and will surely make a big difference to our planet.
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And as a little extra: if you like your gifts to be wrapped, we also offer plastic-free gift wrapping!
2. Ain’t No Plastic At My Table
If you think disposable cutlery and paper napkins look unattractive at the dinner table, wait until you see them at the landfill. We might all be guilty of this faux-pas from time to time, but especially holiday meals are the perfect time to pull out all the stops on that special dinner we’ve been dreaming of hosting. So let’s dress that table to impress! Think about simple chinaware, long-lasting cutlery, and cloth napkins that you can dazzle guests with over and over again.
3. Nature Is Our Decor
Adorn your dinner table and front door with fallen tree branches and pine cones. We also found some handmade wooden decor at the Christmas market. It does not only look suuuper cute but is 100% biodegradable and can be used for many years to come. Also, fill your home with edible treats such as gingerbread, nuts, fresh cookies and more.
4. Last Year’s Remains Are This Year’s Decor
And if you have some old Christmas cards, use them to decorate door frames or cut them up and use them as gift tags! You can also re-use ribbons and bows from last season instead of buying new ones.
5. Ditch Traditional Wrapping Paper
Get creative and wrap those presents in layers of vintage newspapers and old magazines, a reusable storage box or an artisanal basket. We love it when the wrapping becomes part of the gift itself. So what about using beautiful clothes, dry flowers, scarves or vintage shirts to pack your presents? This will spare you a lot of waste and make your gifts stand out under the tree. And as mentioned above, if you order gifts from our Lifestyle Store, we’re offering free plastic-free gift wrapping!
6. Keep That Tree Alive
When it comes to creating a healthy and inviting home, we say the more plants the merrier. This year you could try a potted living Christmas tree. They look really cute and can accompany you throughout the year! Another alternative to installing a plastic tree – is to go the minimalist-chic route and get creative with your favourite locally-grown plant which you can use indoors – Your family and friends will be impressed!
7. Eat Consciously
Let’s face it, the holidays are one of our favourite times of the year for eating. But why not incorporate some delicious vegetarian dishes and vegan baking into our recipe repertoire? Discover some organic/plant-based/vegetarian recipe inspirations on our blog post Our 5 Favourite Organic Food Blogs You Should Follow – we promise, they are to die for!
8. Quality Over Quantity Gifts
We’re big believers in quality over quantity. Thoughtfully pick out presents that are meaningful to your loved ones. Get them something that they actually need or have been wanting for ages. Sometimes a day at the spa or some special one-on-one time moments can mean so much more to the ones you love than store-bought items.
9. Give Gifts That Give Back
Hmmm what to give the person who has everything? – Actually, besides love, give a donation on their behalf. Give people in underprivileged communities a chance to build a business that will break the cycle of poverty. Oxfam have a great range of charity gifts, for example. Or give a year of education to a young girl in need. You can also give back by donating or re-gifting items that you don’t need or use anymore. What brings relief to you, brings joy to others.
10. Watch Your Footprint, Babe
There’s nothing better than spending the holidays at home with your loved ones. But all this jet-setting has an immense impact on our environment. If you can avoid plane travel, we suggest opting for the train or a car-sharing program whenever possible. If planes are your only realistic option, choose a flight with fewer or no stop-overs and pack as light as possible.