Finally, the World is waking up to the reality of climate change, and we are also realizing that the change starts with us – more importantly, our children. The Tweentown girls had a long chat about what they thought we could do to minimize waste at Christmas:
2. Upcycle or regift things that are perfectly cool, but maybe not for you. There are loads of flea markets and even apps where you can sell your stuff.
3. Go easy on the glitter, tinsel, straws, sellotape, and other things that are made of p.l.a.s.t.i.c – not good and not green.
4. Use recycled gift paper & ribbon. We have a box at home filled with stunning ribbons – all recycled from presents received. We also reuse wrapping paper if it isn’t torn or ripped.
5. Candles are important for creating good old hygge – so choose eco-friendly candles made by beeswax or soy wax much better for you and the environment. Or buy electric lights – they still bring the Christmas sparkle to you!
6. When creating the ‘hyggelige’ Christmas mood indoors, go outside in the garden, and find natural elements like fir, pinecones, holly, branches, and berries, and create the cozy atmosphere like that.
7. Donate toys, accessories, and clothes to charities that help those who need Christmas aid. Many places accept donations, and some even have specific lists of wishes from the children.
8. When buying food, shop in farmers’ markets or local shops, so you can avoid all the excessive plastic wrapping. Also, make sure that you buy as much organic and sustainable food as you can.
9. Buy a real Christmas tree – not a plastic tinsel tree. When you are done with it – use it for bonfires or in your fireplace.