Green Christmas Tips
Presents, parties, fun and feasting at Christmas often means a lot more waste than at other times of the year. At least 60% of our domestic rubbish could be recycled or composted but much of it ends up in landfill. By recycling more and thinking a bit more carefully about our shopping we can make sure that this year is different, not just for the season but for the coming year also. Here are some ideas to make it all a bit greener this year!
Are we harming the planet when we buy our Christmas tree each year? On balance is it better for the environment for us to buy a real tree or an artificial one? Are there any ethical issues related to the supply and distribution of Christmas trees such as the exploitation of workers? Some articles which explore these questions can be found here.
Christmas wrapping paper
On the face of it, wrapping paper seems an obvious target for environmentalists to complain about at Christmas! But are some types of paper worse than others, and are there steps we can take to reduce the damage caused by its production and disposal? Read some of the arguments here.
Many of us are confronted with far more food than is good for us at Christmas! Should we eat it all to avoid wasting it? It doesn’t taste so good the next day, but throwing it away seems an awful thing to do when half the world is starving. Some recipes which make it worthwhile eating sensibly, knowing that the leftovers can be put to good use over the day immediately following, can be accessed here.