December 2, 2019
Christmas lights are coming back to decorate our streets, and we all start to feel the festive season ahead. While we are getting into Christmas planning and preparations, we put our attention to the impact that those can have on the planet. How can we be mindful this season?
We spoke to Aequem founders, Ieva & Magda, to find out what are their top tips to achieve a more sustainable Christmas.
Their 10 top tips:
Yep, those little shiny things that look so innocent are actually one of the worst things for the environment. Did you know that anything that contains glitter (cards, present wraps, decorations, clothes etc.) are pretty much impossible to recycle and are sent directly to landfill? Furthermore, most glitter is made from plastic and the small size of its particles makes it a potential ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans. Some scientists actually calling glitter to be completely banned. Let your awesome self-shine in other ways.
We’ve all been there, unwrapping a gift just to think immediately ‘’where on Earth am I going to use it?’’. So when you choose a gift, choose something that you believe the person is definitely going to use. If in doubt, buy socks (made of organic cotton of course! We have a colourful range at Aequem) – we all need them and use them. Also, if you’re buying a gift try to choose the most sustainable option.
It’s heart-breaking how much food gets wasted every year when there are so many people in need. Addressing this one is simple, plan your meals better. Buy just as much as you’re going to eat. Freeze the leftovers.
It’s better for the environment and for yourself.
There is a farmer’s market in almost every neighbourhood. It is such a great experience and you are also supporting local production.
This will also help you save some money.
There’s a big debate what is more sustainable, artificial or real Christmas Trees?
If you’re choosing an artificial Christmas Tree which you’re intending to use for years – buy a pre-loved one. Check your local re-sell websites.
Real trees are considered more eco-friendly choice, as long as they come from sustainable sources. There are over 400 Christmas tree growers across the UK registered with the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, where trees are grown according to strict guidelines governing everything from sustainable seeds and cultivation to protecting local wildlife. Make sure to choose from these sources and also recycle after the Festive Period.
Christmas Cards probably have such a short life span and most people throw them out in less than 2 weeks from receiving them. So, do we actually need them? This year choose an e-card, a personal call or make your own by recycling magazines and paper and even last year’s cards if you still have them. Let creativity flow.
Visit your local charity shop, buy on-line on re-selling websites or make your own – choose recycled paper, holly, ivy, chestnuts and pinecones, dried oranges – your house will smell amazing too. Even better create edible decorations from gingerbread or melted sugar that turns into a beautiful glass like forms (they look magical when reflecting in Christmas lights).
Most of us have clothes and things that we don’t use anymore so declutter your life (Marie Kondo style), donate to charities and make other people happy. Bring your unwanted clothes and things to your local charities and support various causes or give it to people that really need it.
It is clear that the concern of climate change is on the rise, and so we need to adopt a more mindful approach to any season. We don’t need to change traditions, but to adapt them and make them kinder to our planet, because there is no planet B.
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