Have a Sustainable Night Sleep with an Eco-Friendly Mattress from Ely Mattress

This blog post is sponsored by Ely Mattress. Ely Mattress has created the world’s best natural mattress. They are makers of natural sleep products at a surprisingly affordable price.

Getting a good night sleep is essential for your wellbeing although it can be easier said than done. In today’s fast-paced world with so many distractions it can be hard to have an uninterrupted nights sleep. The good news though, is that there are lots of things that you can do to improve your sleep.

 

Looking After Your Mind & Body: Tips On Getting A Good Nights Sleep 

 

If you’re in need of a new mattress and want to make your bedroom more eco-friendly then choosing a mattress made from natural materials is a great place to start.

 

More than 6 million mattresses end up in landfills per year in the UK alone. Most of them are made from synthetic chemicals which are not only bad for the environment but also your health & wellbeing. As we spend 1 third of our life in bed it makes sense to have a mattress that is good for us. 

Today I want to introduce you to a company called Ely Mattress…  

 

Who Are Ely Mattress?

 

Ely Mattress produces pressure-relieving, natural and eco-friendly mattresses with 13 premium layers of comfort. All of their mattresses are non-toxic, non-sagging and healthy.

 

“Our mission is to minimise the carbon footprint. We can recycle your old mattress when you purchase an Ely Mattress.”

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Eco-Friendly Natural Mattresses 

 

  • Natural layers 
  • Comfort 
  • Temperature control
  • Safety first  
  • Responsibly recycled

Natural Layers 

All of the Ely Mattresses are made from natural and non-toxic materials. Synthetic materials are bad or your health so opting for a mattress made of natural materials is not only better for you but also for the environment. 

Comfort 

The Ely Mattresses are designed to keep your spine aligned to help you avoid pains and aches. They prioritise comfort and health to give you a great night sleep. 

 

Temperature Control 

Ely mattresses are made from pure Dorset wool, horsehair, soft cotton, silk and cashmere which will let your body breathe while you sleep. Foam mattresses are often unable to eradicate heat quickly, that’s why Ely use natural materials.

Safety First 

All Ely mattresses are tested to make sure they are free from harmful ingredients, vapours or by-products that can affect your health.

 

Responsibly Recycled 

Ely recycles old mattresses without using volatile chemicals, flames or gases. They work with The Furniture Recycling Group who strip your old mattress carefully, responsibly and then offer to recycle its components. They have recycled over 1 million mattresses to date to help reduce the amount of mattress that ends up in landfill.

The Benefit Of Choosing an Ely Mattress 

 

Apart from the fact that the mattress are eco-friendly and made form natural materials here are some of the other benefits of choosing an Ely mattress

 

  • 30-night sleep trial 
  • 10-year warranty 
  • Reduce the amount of mattress that end up in landfill
  • FREE 2-man room of choice delivery service
  • 0% interest finance option available 

Ely Eco-Friendly Mattress Products 

 

Ely sells a range of eco-friendly mattress products including…

 

  • Single 
  • Small double
  • Double
  • Kingsize
  • Superking
  • Cot Mattresses 
  • Luxury Mattress Protectors
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If you’re in need of a new eco-friendly mattress then visit the Ely Mattress website today and see their full range of products. A good night sleep is always worth investing in!

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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As always, I only ever recommend products or services that I either use myself or I feel will help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

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Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

Before we begin with the post I thought it was worth mentioning that obviously the most sustainable gift that you can give this year is no gift at all. Everything we buy has a carbon footprint, there is no way around that. Having said that though I do know that a lot of people still like to give gifts.

What I’d love to see is people getting away from this fast fashion throw away mentality. We should be looking to buy better quality products from sustainable companies and look after the products to make them last.

All of the companies & products I’ve listed below are either companies I use myself or I feel will help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Some of the links are affiliate links some aren’t. All affiliate links are marked with a *. 

Most of the companies also donate a percentage of their profits to environmental charities. 

Not the post for you? Try these ones instead…

 

Gift-Giving with a Green Conscious

Zero Waste Gift Guide

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WAKEcup Lunch Bag

£22

This stylish and sustainably sourced lunch bag is perfect for lunch on the go. It’s waterproof. lightweight and very durable. It’s large enough to fit a drink in too. Easy to clean, insulated and vegan-friendly. 

10% of the profits go directly to WAKEcup’s eco-charity partners The Marine Conservation Society. 

*Get the WAKEcup lunch bag here.

Zero Waste Bathroom Kit 

£19.50 

This Zero Waste Bathroom Kit is from The Proper Soap Company. Helping you to reduce waste in your bathroom at an affordable price.  The kit includes…

  • Two different soaps of your choice (11 to choose from)
  • One shampoo bar of your choice (3 to choose from) 
  • A bamboo soap dish 
  • A 100% cotton soap travel bag 

All of the soap & shampoo bars are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free & certified by the Vegetarian Society and Cruelty International.  

Get the kit here

zero waste bathroom kit

Pick & Mix Handmade Soaps Gift Set

£17

Choose four different soaps to add to this soap gift set from The Proper Soap Company. The soaps are presented in a natural kraft box with a satin ribbon which means you won’t need additional wrapping paper. The box can either be reused or recycled. 

All of the soaps are vegan, cruelty free and come in plastic-free recyclable packaging. 

Buy a soap gift set here

100% Recycled Sunglasses

£65

These sunglasses are made from 100% recycled fishing nets found in the ocean. The lenses are made from Barberini Platinum-Glass™ UV400 polarised offering complete recyclability.  They arrive in plastic-free recyclable packaging. Also available in prescription orders.

*Get the sunglasses here

Pela Compostable Phone Case 

Prices vary depending on the size of your phone and the case you choose

These cases are the world’s first 100% compostable eco-friendly phone cases. I have one myself and I love it! I bought the Honey Bee edition. They are really hard wearing and look great on your phone. Obviously, the best bit about them is that they’re 100% compostable so when it comes to the end of its life I can put it into my compost bin in the garden. 

So far Pela has raised more than $125,000 for their 1% for the Planet partners. They are a Candian based company so you do have to factor in the shipping footprint if you get one. I have, however, spent many hours researching for a UK based sustainable phone case company and I’m still yet to find one!

*Get your Pela case here

Zero Waste Lunch Kit

Currently in the sale £24.99 (Normally £35.94)

This zero waste lunch kit form Boobalou is great for anyone looking to reduce their waste at work or on the go. The kit includes…

1 x Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle 

6 x Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws

1 x Organic Bamboo Reusable Spork

1 x Reusable Sandwich Bag

 

Get the kit here

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Po-Zu Ethical & Sustainable Shoes 

Prices vary depending on the shoes 

Po-Zu shoes are made from natural and sustainable materials. They have a great range of men, women, vegan and Star Wars shoes. ‘We believe shoes should be things you fall in love with, and they should be created to last. We also believe you should be able to buy your shoes guilt-free, safe in the knowledge that they were created with love for people and the planet.’

*Get PoZu shoes here

Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide
Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Gift-Giving with a Green Conscious

This post is sponsored by Tinggly. Tinggly might just be the best, and cleanest experience gift you’ve ever come across. The concept is simple. You choose a Tinggly gift box (which is available in a range of prices and themed to match almost every occasion), you send it as a gift (physically or as an e-voucher), and the recipient gets to choose from hundreds of diverse experiences in over 100 countries around the world. And what’s more, Tinggly is becoming more and more sustainable with every passing day.

Recently there has been a real shift in how people buy gifts for loved ones. People are steering away from physical gifts and instead opting for experience gifts, some are even going gift free. The two main reasons for this appear to be because people already have too much stuff and to help the environment by reducing waste.

Gift-Giving with a Green Conscious

 

If you are looking to reduce the impact of your gifts this year then I have some suggestions for you…

 

Buy Ethical

 

Buying ethically covers a whole range of different things including…

 

  • Buying less
  • Buying secondhand items
  • Using local & independent businesses
  • Looking for trusted labels like Organic, Cruelty-free, Fairtrade & Vegan 
  • Boycotting bad companies!

 

My favoutire ethical shops are *Ethical Superstore, *Etsy, *PoZu and *MAMOQ.

Buy Organic 

 

By buying organic items it means you are working with nature rather than fighting it. It means your products won’t contain artificial chemicals which are not only better for you but also the planet. Organic companies also support better animal welfare and use more environmentally friendly land management techniques.

Buy Fairtrade


By buying Fairtrade goods it means you are supporting better working condition, local sustainability, better prices and fair terms of trade for workers. Keep your eye out for the Fairtrade logo on the items you’re buying.

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Gift An Experience

 

I know I’ve mentioned this a few times already on my blog but gifting an experience is a great way to reduce the amount of stuff we all have. 

 

If you haven’t already check out this video by Story Of Stuff. 

 

To gift an experience you can use companies like Tinggly. You buy one gift box and the recipient can choose from an entire collection of different experiences ranging from bucket list experiences to gifts for the planet. Their slogan is Give stories, not stuff.

 

I really love the idea of gifting an experience rather than more stuff. Memories last a lifetime.

The best bit about Tinggly, in particular, is that each gift you buy helps clean the planet. 

 

‘A part of Tinggly profit goes to sustainable projects to remove polluting plastics from the environment. With the help of our partners, one Tinggly gift not only removes 33lbs (15kg) of plastics but also offsets 200% of CO2 emissions produced during the chosen experience. On top of that, all Tinggly gift boxes are made of 100% recycled materials and are eco-friendly.’ Tinggly

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Here’s a few other ways Tinggly are trying to do their bit for the planet…

 

  • Only use recycled materials
  • Removing toxic plastics for every git sold
  • Offsetting CO2 by 200%
  • Being a carbon positive company 
  • Installing Tinggly Trash Taps in Bali

I’ve got my eye on the Gift For The Planet box. 

 

  • 33lbs (15kg) plastic removed
  • 1 ton of C02 offset
  • river trash traps installations

Buy Houseplants 

 

Houseplants make a lovely gift for friends and family and also help to improve their indoor air quality at home. I’d always recommend buying potted plants over cut flowers as cut flowers can have a high carbon footprint and also don’t last! 

 

The best plants for houseplant newbies are… 

 

  • Snake Plants
  • Succulents
  • Aloe Vera  
  • Spider Plants
  • Cactus

Buy Secondhand 

 

If you can why not buy your gifts secondhand? That way you’re reusing something that has already been produced. There are lots of places to buy decent secondhand items these days like charity shops, online selling sites and local Facebook selling groups. 

 

Make Homemade Gifts 

 

If you’re the creative type then make your own gifts. You can make anything form homemade beauty products to edible gifts. Keep hold of glass jars to reuse and decorate them with ribbon. 

 

Check out this Easy Peasy Relaxing & Zero Waste Lavander Bath Salt Recipe by Eco Thrifty Living. 

 

Related Post: Zero Waste Gift Guide

Eco Gift Wrapping 

 

Whatever green gift you choose don’t forget to wrap them using a sustainable method like reusable cloth, brown paper that can be recycled or by reusing old magazines or newspapers.

 

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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Collaborative Post

This is a collaborative post with Tinggly. 

As always, I only ever recommend products or services that I either use myself or I feel will help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

For more info visit my terms & conditions page.

Daily Habits that Are Actually Bad for the Environment

There is always something on the internet about climate change, but really it all starts with you. If every single person in the world were to make a few simple tweaks to their daily lives, then this could have a much greater impact than most people realise.

 

Driving a Car

 

Cars tend to be the main form of transportation for a lot of urban residents. When gas is burnt, tons of substances are released into the air and this should really not be ignored. If you want to help yourself here, then you have to make sure that you use public transportation as much as possible. This will reduce your carbon footprint and it will also help the environment too. If you want to boost your efforts, then encourage your friends and family to do the same. When you do you will soon find that you have the power to make a big change.

Not Disposing of Batteries Properly

 

Household batteries might seem harmless, but this is certainly not the case. They contain a huge range of toxic chemicals and when you dispose of them improperly you will soon find that this has a huge impact on the environment.

 

It’s good to know that any shop in the UK that sells batteries also has to offer a recycling scheme for them. Remember to save up your used batteries and then take them back to the shop for recycling.  An even better alternative is to switch to reusable batteries! 

 

Ink cartridges can also have a toxic impact on the environment. 10 million ink cartridges end up at landfills every single year and when this happens, they actually poison the soil with chemicals. This is the last thing that you want to happen when you are trying to help the environment, so do your part and make sure that any that you get rid of are disposed of properly. Again there are lots of places these days where you can recycle your used cartridges. 

Overusing Plastic

 

Nearly every product that you buy from the supermarket will probably come in a plastic container. Most of the time this will end up in a landfill and this is harmful to the environment. Plastic takes a huge amount of time to decompose and if that wasn’t enough, the problem is only getting worse. If you want to help the environment here, then take reusable carrier bags with you when you go shopping. It also helps to use supermarkets which are actively campaigning against plastic waste too.

Smoking

 

Believe it or not, when you smoke, you will release a huge amount of chemicals into the air. This over time will damage the environment. On top of this, the cigarette butts that you drop become toxic if left. Animals pick them up thinking that it’s food and this causes them long-lasting health effects too. If you want to help yourself here then you should note that there are a ton of vape kits out there that you can use. They are even refillable, so you won’t have to worry about disposing of them as often.

Food Waste

 

A lot of people think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving food on a plate. You should note that throwing away any excess food isn’t a good idea. The amount of time, energy and emissions it takes to grow that food and transport it is sizable, and if you are throwing food away then you are contributing to this industry. If you do not dispose of your waste properly then this can cause an increase in organic matter. This is especially the case when you look at waterways as this will stimulate algae growth.

Paper Use

 

So many types of paper are produced every single day. They range from kitchen towels to newspaper and even toilet paper too. As if that wasn’t enough, you also have to think about receipts as well. The use of paper is constantly increasing because of the disposal nature we have. If you want to stop this then you need to try and invest in cleaning towels that can be washed time and time again, rather than the disposable variant. When you do, you will soon find that you can help the world and its current ecosystem.

Your Energy

 

Using electric heating for your hot shower or even for making your morning coffee can be inefficient. The amount of energy it takes for you to boil water is sizable to say the least. A lot of energy is generated by coal or even by diesel, and there are negative consequences for both of these options. If you want to help yourself and the environment, then it’s a good idea for you to swap to a green energy company. When you do, you will soon find that they are able to provide you with a fantastic rate and that you can also do your bit for the environment too.

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Having A Sustainable Christmas

This blog post is sponsored by Care.com. The largest and fastest growing service for finding high-quality carers for every facet of care: childcare, special needs care, elderly care, pet care, housekeeping and more. Find local caregivers near you and post jobs for all your care needs.

Christmas, along with Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. I love making our home look all festive, I love all of the Winter cooking and I love having all of our friends & family over for food & drinks. 

 

What I don’t love about Christmas is the amount of waste that is created every year! One UK waste company estimates that we produce 30 per cent more waste during the festive period and we send over 100 million bags of waste to landfill!  

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When you’re thinking about how to have a more sustainable Christmas this year it’s always helpful to refer back to the 9 Rs

 

Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Regift, Repair, Rent, Recycle and Rot

 

Below I’ve included lots of different ways that you can have a more sustainable Christmas this year, broken down into sections. Including some ‘top tips’ from other eco bloggers!

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Sustainable Christmas Gifts 

 

Give Them An Experience

 

Experience gift-giving has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Personally, it’s my favourite type of gift to give. I’m all for less stuff, more life!

 

The good news is that there are so many options to choose from these days.  

 

You’ve got your more ‘traditional’ experience days like… 

 

  • Spa Days
  • Food & Drink 
  • Learning A New Skill
  • Track Days 

 

Or you could opt for something more adventurous like…

 

  • Panic Rooms
  • Zoombie Experiences
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Zip Lining 

 

The experience days don’t have to cost a lot of money and there are always great deals to be had if you do a bit of research. 

 

“Collect memories, not things!”

"My biggest sustainable Christmas tip is not to buy material presents! We have too much ‘stuff’ so why not buy experiences instead of things? Moments will be remembered long after the material gifts have been unwrapped and forgotten."

Plant a Tree Gift

 

If you’re not keen on experience gift giving then why not plant a tree for your loved ones? There are lots of companies out there that offer this service including The National Forest, Trees For Life and the Woodland Trust.

Plant a tree gift for Christmas

Sustainable Christmas Gifts 

 

If you are the type of person that likes to give a physical gift then try to opt for a gift that is Fairtrade, ethical and sustainable. 

 

Here’s a few ideas for you…

 

  • Potted Plants 
  • Wildflower Seeds For The Garden
  • Zero Waste Items For The Home 
  • Fairtrade Fashion Accessories 
  • Organic & Vegan Beauty Products in Zero Waste Packaging
  • Homemade Food Gifts in Reused Jars 

 


Check out my post Zero Waste Gift Guide for more ideas!

"Support small business. Buy from people you know, go to a local craft fair or Christmas market, or even shop online at Etsy. If you’re buying in person, you can let them know they don’t need to package it up for you. Have your reusable bags on hand! With Etsy, you can message the seller beforehand and ask if it’s possible to ship without plastic. Not only does this avoid plastic packaging, but it spreads the word to sellers that consumers don’t want plastic packaging. Win, win!"
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Sustainable Christmas Wrapping

 

Did you know that the majority of wrapping paper cannot be recycled? That means it gets used once and then has to go into your bin which ultimately ends up in landfill or being incinerated. 

 

In the UK, we use an estimated 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year! Over 83km2 of that will end up in the bin. That’s a lot of waste! 

 

Below are some more sustainable options for you to try out this year. 

Reusable Cloth Wrapping

 

Wrapping your gifts in reusable cloth is set to be a popular trend this year. Not only does it look great but it’s also zero waste as the cloth can be reused again and again. You can either use twine to tie the packages or try out the Furoshiki method which I love! 

 

Furoshiki 

 

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, used for transporting gifts, clothes and other items. The Furoshikik wrapping method is really simple to do and the gifts look lovely. This is the method I use to wrap all of our gifts. 

 

You can buy traditional Furoshikik wrap but it’s quite expensive. A cheaper option is to use offcuts of material or scarves that you can get in charity shops. I got all of our wraps from our local scrap store. 

 

If you’re not familiar with the wrapping method then you can find lots of tutorials online.

Furoshiki

Brown Paper & Christmas Stamps 

 

If you don’t fancy using material then brown paper with Christmas stamps could be a good option for you. You can decorate the gifts with natural elements like sprigs of holly, dried oranges and pine cones. Best of all you can get the trimmings for free by simply going for a walk in your local woods.

Recyclable Wrapping Paper 

 

If none of the above appeals to you then the next best thing is to buy wrapping paper that has been *made from recyclable materials and can be recycled after use. 

 

If you’re not sure whether your wrapping paper can be recycled or not try the ‘scrunch test’. Scrunch up the wrapping paper, if the paper remains scrunched it can be recycled. If it unfolds itself it has to go to landfill.

"Ditch the car when viewing Christmas lights this year - walk instead. It's a nice family activity that gives you more time to look at each house, a bit of exercise, and some time out in the community, all while reducing your carbon footprint. If you have too far to go, try to find a central spot to park and walk from there!"
Sustainable Christmas Tree

Sustainable Christmas Trees 


In the UK it’s estimated that we use around 8 million natural trees every year!

Rent A Living Christmas Tree 

 

Did you know that you can hire a real Christmas tree during the festive period? You simply pick your tree, the company then delivers the tree to you on the beginning of December. They then come and pick it up again in the New Year and replant it on their farm ready for next year. 

 

A friend of mine recently looked into this and the prices are actually really good. I’d say it’s on par with the cost of buying a real Christmas tree but with the added benefit of the tree being replanted after use for next year.

Buy A Real Tree 

Most councils now take away your real Christmas trees for recycling. They are generally shredded down into chippings which can be used elsewhere. Take a look on your local authority website for more information about pick up points and collection dates. 

One thing you do have to consider however is that when a real tree rots it emits a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, which gives it quite a high carbon footprint. It’s estimated that the 7 million trees that end up in landfill in the UK alone emit as much as 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases when they go to landfill. That’s why if you do have the option to rent a living tree in your area I’d highly recommend doing that over buying a real tree. 

Reuse The Artificial Tree That You Already Have 

 

Going back to the 9 R’s, if you already have an artificial tree then the best thing to do is reuse that tree until it’s no longer usable. When it does come to the end of its life dispose of it in the correct way and then consider one of the options above. 

 

It’s worth noting that artificial trees cannot be recycled as they’re made from a mix of different materials.

Buy A Secondhand Artifical Christmas Tree

 

If none of the above options suits you and you still want an artificial tree then consider buying a second-hand one instead of a new one. That way at least a product that has already been made is being reused. You may even be able to get one for free if you take a look on websites such as Freecycle.

Sustainable Christmas Decorations

Sustainable Christmas Decorations 

 

Reuse What You Already Have

 

The most sustainable way to decorate this Christmas is to use what you already have! I know it can be tempting to buy new decorations each year but if you already have some try to just stick to what you’ve got.  If something is looking a bit tired could you revamp it somehow? 

 

Although it pains me to say it as I’m a huge glitter and anything sparkling fan ( I blame that on my Jewish heritage) try to opt for Christmas decorations without glitter on them. Glitter is plastic and when the decorations shed, which they do all the time, you are releasing tiny microplastic into our environment.

homemade Christmas decorations

Make Your Own Decorations

 

If you’re the crafty type then why not make your own Christmas decorations? Gather up some bits from nature and get creative. 

 

Below are some DIY natural Christmas decoration tutorials that you might like…

 

DIY: Pinecone Wreath 

Coastal Branch Christmas Tree

DIY: Simple Dried Orange Garland

How To Weave A Simple Twig Star

Homemade Christmas Ornaments 

 

Sustainable Christmas Cards

Sustainable Christmas Cards 


Between January – December 2017 close to 100 million single Christmas cards were sold in the UK alone, making the total for the Christmas card sales one billion cards sold in the UK. In addition to that, an estimated 900 million Christmas cards were sold in multipack boxes.

Stop Giving Out Cards

 

The most sustainable thing to do this year is to not give cards at all. Although, I know that won’t appeal to everyone. 

 

Send Christmas eCards

 

If you have the email address for your friends and family then why not send out Christmas eCards this year? You can use a free graphic design programme like Canva to create your cards.

Buy Plantable Christmas Cards

 

Did you know that *plantable cards were a thing? When the recipient has finished with their card they simply plant them in a pot and something beautiful will grow in it’s place. 

 

Buy Recycled Cards 

 

Personally, I stopped giving out cards a few years ago although the kiddies do still give out cards to their friends every year. For those cards, we buy *recycled Christmas cards that don’t contain glitter. The good news is there are lots out there these days so certainly worth shopping around.

eco christmas cards

Keep Your Cards For Next Year

 

Rather than throwing away or recycling any cards, you receive this year why not keep them to make your own cards or gift tags next year? 

 

Or why not exchange the same card with a particular friend each year? Just keep resigning it and see how long you can keep that one card going. 


Related Post: Thrifty Christmas Name Tags

Recycle Your Christmas Cards 

 

Most councils now accept Christmas cards in your paper kerbside recycling collections although do check on your local council website first. It’s worth noting though that they can’t recycle cards with embellishments on them such as glitter or ribbons. You’ll need to pull those off first. Top tip: Don’t throw those bits away, keep them to reuse on your gifts or cards next year.  

 

During the festive period, a lot of the big chain supermarkets set up Christmas card recycling stations in store so keep your eye out for those too. 

Sustainable Christmas Food

Sustainable Christmas Food

 

According to Unilever, in 2014 over 4.2 million Christmas lunches were thrown away in the UK. 

Reduce The Amount Of Food You Buy 

 

The best way to tackle food waste this Christmas is to only buy what you need in the first place. Don’t be tempted by the ‘latest offers’ in the shops. Make a list of exactly what you need and stick to it. 

 

Buy Local & In Season

 

If you can try to buy all of your produce from local suppliers. That way not only are you supporting a local business but your food will have less of a travel footprint. 

 

Also, try to buy and use food that’s in season like…

 

  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cranberry
  • Dates
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkin 
  • Spring Onion 
  • Swede 
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turnip

Use Up All Of You Leftovers 

 

Christmas leftovers don’t have to stop at turkey sandwiches. There are loads of things you can do with a leftover roast including roast soup and bubble and squeak. Check out these great Christmas leftover recipes below… 

 

Next Level Turkey & Ham Pie

Christmas Leftovers Pasta Bake

 

It’s certainly worth investing in some decent reusable food containers for storing your leftovers or even better-using containers that you already have. Like for example, the plastic containers you get your Chinese takeaway in.

Plant-Based Christmas Lunch

 

If you really want to lower your carbon footprint this Christmas you could attempt to have a plant-based Christmas lunch this year. There are so many great recipes out there these days. My favourite by far is the Christmas lunch in the *Bish Bash Bosh cookbook. The recipes include Ultimate nut roast, Brussels Sprouts with Maple Mushrooms, Bangers in Blankets and a Notella Christmas Tree.

 

How lovely does that Christmas feast look?!

plant based Christmas lunch
Sustainable Christmas Reuse

Switch To Reusables

 

Looking back at the 9 R’s try to reuse things as much as possible this year. 

Use Reusable Christmas Crackers 

 

In the UK alone it’s estimated that 100 million crackers are pulled over the festive period. 

 

Did you know that reusable Christmas crackers are a thing? We’ve used them in our home for a few years now and I’d never go back to disposable ones now. By investing in a decent set of reusable crackers not only will you save money but you’ll also be reducing your Christmas waste even further. 

 

Check out this blog post for ideas on what to put inside your reusable crackers.

Reusable Christmas Crackers

Use Reusable Tableware

 

Try not to be tempted by single use tableware items. Use reusable napkins, reusable plates, reusable glasses etc. You don’t need to go out and buy Christmas related items just use what you already have in your kitchen. 

 

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Most Importantly Make Christmas About The Experience! 

 

The most sustainable thing you can do this Christmas is to make it about the experience rather than the stuff. My favourite part of Christmas by far is everyone being together just spending time in each others company. Which is something that doesn’t require any fancy things or expensive gifts.  

 

Play games together, do Christmas karaokee, create a Christmas treasure hunt for the kiddies, wrap up warm and go for a crisp Winter walk together. The things don’t have to cost money or require you to buy yet more stuff!

 

This year why not have a simple Christmas? Not only will it mean less stress for you but it will also mean less waste and saves you money.

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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