Making small changes and swaps to some of our much-loved Christmas traditions is easy and can also be fun and creative. Here are some top tips for keeping it plastic free!
The UK uses roughly around 227,000 miles (or 108 million rolls) of wrapping paper each year, most of which can’t be recycled and ends up in the bin. It is often laminated with plastic, foil, glitters and sticky tape that are not biodegradable and escape into the environment and find their way into our soils, river and seas.
So, what can you do?
1. Re-use wrapping paper, gift bags or boxes from gifts that you have received.
2. Use brown paper to wrap presents – decorate it with your own artwork, messages, tie up with string, re-use ribbons, or fasten with paper tape.
3. If you really love glitter, there are biodegradable glitters available so you can still go
4. Home-made crackers using cardboard tubes and your own paper allows you to get creative with small gifts, jokes and home-made or re-used hats. You can even personalise them.
5. Make your own decorations – knit stars, make pom-pom baubles from old wool or fabric strips or try paper snowflakes (cutting patterns on Facebook click here) all with the added bonus of being lots of fun to make with the kids!
Have fun creating your very own Christmas designs - Enjoy!