Monday, 16 December 2019

The countdown is on to Christmas! As you’re getting organised, use these tips to make your celebrations more sustainable.

Ditch the disposables

Serve your Christmas food using reusable plates, bowls and cutlery. Remove plastic bottles from your Chrissy lunch and have a drink dispenser, jugs, glasses or cups. A reusable dispenser filled with a fruit infused drink can make a beautiful addition to any table.

Sip without straws

Forget those pesky plastic straws and sip straight from your glass or reusable cup.

Get creative with decorations

Instead of tinsel and plastic baubles, use native flowers like poinsettia, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, homemade biscuits and get any other decorations second-hand. Popcorn garlands can also be a cute way to decorate and can be a fun activity for kids!

DIY Christmas Crackers

Instead of adding to landfill, make your own Christmas crackers from toilet paper rolls and old wrapping paper and ribbons. Fill them with sweets rather than the traditional disposable items. For an authentic experience, order the cracker snaps online.

Gift sustainably

Become a sustainable Santa with our zero waste gift ideas.

Remember to wrap your gifts sustainably by using old wrapping paper, ribbon, fabric, newspaper and make your own cards. Save the gift wrap from presents you receive for next year.

Avoid festive food waste

It can be very easy to overindulge and buy too much at this time of year but with proper planning and a shopping list, you can avoid excess food going into landfill.

Plan how much food you will need for the number of people attending. If you have food left over, make sure you store it correctly and enjoy it in your next meal.

Get rid of it right

If you have reduced, reused and rehomed but still find yourself with excess recyclables, remember you can drop off plastic or glass containers, paper, cardboard and up to 300kg of vegetation (including Christmas trees) over the festive period to Kimbriki free of charge (closed Christmas Day). Christmas trees can also be cut up into small pieces and placed in your green vegetation bin- lid closed. You can also safely dispose of any batteries at our Customer Service Centres.

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