Tips for a zero waste Christmas

Want to reduce the waste you produce over Christmas or have a more environmentally friendly Christmas? Then here are a few tips to get your started!

Trees and decorations

  • Try to choose a locally grown Christmas tree to reduce its carbon footprint. It’s also worth looking into where you can recycle your Christmas tree once you’ve finished with it.
  • Buying a potted Christmas tree means that it can be used year after year. Don’t forget to repot it every few years.
  • Have a go at making your own Christmas decorations from natural materials. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest. Decorations / Ideas on a budget / Wreaths
  • Buy locally hand produced decorations. There are still plenty or online markets happening. Fabulous Places Christmas Market

Gifts and Cards

  • Send ecards instead of physical Christmas cards or look for cards made from recycled materials that can be recycled again (avoid glitter!).
  • Turn any cards you receive into gift tags for next Christmas.
  • Gift experiences, memberships, vouchers, courses or meals.
  • Make your own gifts or send reusable gifts.
  • Buy preloved gifts or re-gift items you have no need for.
  • Use reusable gift wrap (fabric or bags) or recyclable wrapping paper (brown paper and tape).

Christmas Dinner

  • Use cloth napkins instead of disposable ones.
  • Plan what you are going to eat over Christmas so that you don't buy more than you need or waste anything.
  • Embrace your Christmas dinner leftovers.
  • Make your own mince pies or Christmas cake to reduce waste and plastic.
  • Find some plastic free Christmas crackers or make your own.


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