Green Christmas: 6 Ideas For a Greener Christmas

William Hill only needs a single snowflake on December 25th to pay out for a White Christmas. Given that generous definition, here are 6 small snowflake ideas to make it a Green Christmas in your household this year.

1. Buy Local 

Make sure your veg hasn’t followed in the Wise Men’s footsteps and travelled afar. Leave off the gas guzzling jet-set mange-tout and stick to traditional Christmas vegetables like sprouts and parsnips which are available UK grown.

2. Buy Kind

If you think your dining room gets cramped on Christmas Day spare a thought for your turkey. Most of the 11 million turkeys eaten in the UK during the festive season are reared in large windowless broiler sheds with only 1 square foot per bird. Many have their beaks removed to prevent fighting. Free range turkeys are allowed to roam outside and are available from most supermarkets.

3. Buy Sustainable

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely were your branches. Check your wrapping paper is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Half of the timber harvested worldwide is used to make paper. FSC certification ensures supply from managed forests or post-consumer reclaimed material.

4. Buy Green 

It came upon a midnight clear, but not in China where greenhouse gases and carcinogens from artificial Christmas tree manufacture fill the air instead of angels singing. Real is the deal! Real trees remove carbon dioxide from the air as they grow whilst providing a habitat for small animals and insects. These days Christmas trees are grown as crops raised solely for this purpose and new trees are planted in their place after harvest so there’s no need to worry about ‘killing a tree’. There are no landfill worries either, as long as you remember to put your tree out for collection after Christmas so the council can shred it for compost.

5. Buy Generous

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: a charity Christmas card. Charity cards kill two calling birds with one stone sending good tidings to your friends whilst helping those in need. Buy them from your local charity shop though, as charity cards are big business: some high street retailers are milking it for all it’s worth (like the eight maids of the carol) giving only a shocking 8% of profits to the advertised charity.

6. Buy Humane

And if you think you’re nothing like Scrooge, think again! There are modern day Bob Cratchits out there harvesting cocoa for your Christmas treats and getting paid a pittance. Fairtrade chocolate may cost more, but let The Ghost of Christmas Future show you how you can make a difference by buying your chocolate at a fair price.

This year (in the words of the song) I'm dreaming of a green Christmas.

(Hey and I'd love to hear about your green/ethical Christmas endeavours. Tweet me! @emmajgreenwood #greenchristmas)

Read last Christmas's post (greenmum's most popular post ever!): fickleness.

Emma is a columnist and feature writer for Liberti Magazine.

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