6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to EADT Suffolk today CLICK HERE

12 tips for a greener Christmas

PUBLISHED: 10:53 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:21 02 November 2015

Alternative Christmas tree, £31 www.sistersguild.co.uk

Alternative Christmas tree, £31 www.sistersguild.co.uk


Tara Greaves finds fun ways to enjoy the festive season without it costing the Earth

Far from being anti-Christmas, being more Earth-friendly is about getting back to what is important, rather than what for many has become a time when we spend more, eat more and waste more than we should.

This year, why not make a few simple changes to make more out of less? Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

Stop and think

Take a moment to think about what Christmas really means to you. Why not plan your festive season – from the presents to the food – to help cut down on waste and stress?

Christmas cards

We send more than 1 billion cards in the UK each year simply for them to be thrown away. Instead, you could donate the cost of cards and postage to your favourite charity. Or, if you still like to send cards, there are greener ways to do so. Buy FSC Certified charity cards, preferably without glitter to make them easier to recycle.

If you have children or grandchildren put them to work. Hand and foot printing is a fun and easy activity to do together, and makes thoughtful festive keepsakes.


It is the age old question – what do you get someone who already has everything? The answer: Nothing. Spread the love and buy a present for someone else in your loved one’s name. Many charities now offer this option. If you do want to buy a gift look for local handmade products.


Is it more eco friendly to have a real Christmas tree or a synthetic one. The consensus seems to be that the greenest option is to buy a UK grown tree with roots so if you have a garden you can plant it out. But you can reuse a synthetic tree each year.


Walk down your street on Christmas morning and you will see wheelie bins overflowing with torn wrapping paper. There are less wasteful alternatives, such as using string or ribbon instead of tape so that everything can be reused. Or why not buy or make your own reuseable bag to put presents in?


A little bit of planning goes a long way, saving you time and money, and cutting waste. Make a list of the meals you need to cook over the festive season and their ingredients. Ideally buy local and seasonal – produce should cost less as it is more plentiful and you’ll cut down on food miles and help support local business.


An extra three quarters of a million tonnes of waste is generated in the UK during Christmas and New Year and while some of this can be recycled, it is far better to reduce and then reuse where possible.


Instead of the traditional slump in front of the television after the festive meal, get up and out. Plan a walk around the neighbourhood or local beauty spot. If it’s too cold outside, play some old fashioned parlour games which are fun and do not require any energy other than your own.


Whether for shopping trips or travelling to loved ones you can make a difference (in cost and carbon) with a little bit of planning. If public transport is not an option, perhaps you can car-share with relatives and friends.


How many fairy lights get left on in the office over Christmas after everyone has left for the Christmas break? Take responsibility for turning off those in your department.


The one good thing about novelty Christmas jumpers is that it means you can turn down the heating. Also, when buying presents for children, try to steer clear of battery operated ones (which might seem easier said than done).

New Year Resolutions

Despite the best of intentions the pledges we make on January 1 are usually long forgotten by the time February comes around. This year, set some simple attainable goals, such as walking more, enjoying Meat Free Mondays or donating time to a worthy cause.

More from Christmas

Tue, 17:38

Come and take a stroll around some of Suffolk's great Christmas markets and fayres over the festive period and see if you can find that perfect gift. Here are 13 amazing festive fairs in Suffolk

Read more
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

One of our favourite Christmas characters shares more than a passing similarity to a Suffolk eccentric writes BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with loved ones and there's no better place to do that than Suffolk, with its outstanding natural beauty, charming villages and festive foodie delights

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What makes the perfect Christmas? For most of us it's good food, good drink and good company, wherever we call home. And in Suffolk we're lucky to have some great people in the food and drink industry who ensure we always have a great time | Words: Jayne Lindill

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

From Waveney and the Suffolk coast to Dedham Vale, these 19 pictures are guaranteed to get you exploring the beautiful towns and countryside of Suffolk this winter

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Suffolk in winter time is a magical place to be. There are Christmas markets, chilly walks, and days by the blustery seaside to be had. These 17 nostalgic pictures will definitely bring out that unique festive feeling.

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Set in the beautiful Suffolk Countryside, Red House Christmas Barn sits perfectly between the coastal town of Aldeburgh and the market town of Saxmundham

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Mark and Jan Haines can't wait for Christmas to arrive at their home, Billeaford Hall, a restored farmhouse near Knodishall | Words & Photos: Tony Hall

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

There's nowhere quite like Suffolk during the festive period with so many different places putting you right in the Christmas spirit. Here are 10 great places for you to shop, stay and visit

Read more
Friday, October 5, 2018

As we move towards Christmas Suffolk's top pubs and restaurants are developing menus that perfectly complement the festive season. Here are 8 you should consider this winter

Read more

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Job search in your local area

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the EADT Suffolk Magazine